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The plaque commemorates the personnel who served in the Australian Women`s Army Service Lae Contingent 1945 - 1946. The plaque location is indicated by the red poppy in the second image. 

A total of 385 AWAS in Lae served under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Margaret Spencer. They served with First Army headquarters and some supporting units, including in Ordnance and Signals. It was also discovered that unknown to Army authorities, two officers and three sergeants in Intelligence had earlier been moved from Brisbane to Dutch New Guinea in June 1944; once realised, these women were brought back to Lae to serve with the main contingent. A second AWAS contingent was assembled in Queensland for service on Bougainville, but the war ended before they could sail from Australia.



Address:Fairbairn & Limestone Avenues, Captain Reg Saunders Courtyard, Australian War Memorial, Campbell, 2612
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.280499
Long: 149.148388
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 7th October, 2000
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Australian Women`s Army Service
           Lae Contingent
             1945 - 1946
This plaque commemorates the 386 members of the 
Australian Women`s Army Service who served in
Lae, New Guinea, during the Second World War.

The women who served can be justly proud of their
achievements and contribution to the war effort.

  They served their country with pride.  
       We will remember them.

       Dedicated 7 October, 2000


Source: MA
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