The Women’s Royal Australian Air Force (WRAAF) operated between 1951 and 1977. It consisted of 30 officers and 832 airwomen engaged in productive duties to ease shortages of staff in certain trades (eg, clerical and signals musterings). All WRAAF servicewomen were trained (and some served) at the Point Cook Air Base. Oral history interviews have been filmed with three ex-WRAAF members and will be cut together with archival material to produce some short documentaries telling the unique stories of this era in the Point Cook Air Base’s long-spanning history.

WRAAF Signals Section, ca 1954, courtesy of M.Campbell (Nee Reid)

The story of Point Cook, as the oldest military airbase in Australia, is an essential part of the story of the RAAF (incl. the WRAAF) and the development of military and civil aviation in Australia. The documentaries are funded under the Australian Government’s Community Heritage and Icon Grants Program. The program funds projects that support community engagement with, and raise awareness of, places on Australia’s National Heritage List.

WRAAF Course 79, 1957, courtesy of June Gospel (Nee Hoy) LR

An officer, an administrative clerk and a telephonist who served and/or trained at Point Cook have generously shared their stories and historical material. The final documentaries will be launched later in the year. In the meantime, enjoy this short excerpt of a newsreel courtesy of Cinesound Movietone Productions.