Women's Air Training Corps unifrom; c.1942; GSM_02387
Women's Air Training Corps unifromAbout this object
A pale khaki uniform of skirt and jacket, a navy blue belt and navy blue forage cap. The jacket has two breast pockets, both with box pleates and button and falp closures, those at the waist are concealed apart from the flap closures. Four buttons sloe the jacket. All the buttons are hollow,white metal with a image of a map of Australia with a pair of wings above a title 'WATC'. These were made by Stokes and Sons, Melbourne, and are stitched in place. The epaulaettes have two navy blue stripes and white metal title badge: 'WATC' [Women's Air Training Corps], held in place by metal shanks. Th jacket is fully lined with a light, brown cloth.
The skirt has two pleats in the front and the rear, commencing nearly halfway up. The skirt opens at the side and is fastened with press studs and two hook-and-eyes at the top. The skirt has no maker's label.
Badge on beret of wings and map of Australia. Silver buttons with similar emblem.
The belt is navy blue webbing with a pointed end and simple buckle, rectangular in form, of white metal. the buckle is impressed on the reverse' M ABE [?] NOSEN [?] / MELB'.
The forage cap is navy blue, lined with two white metal WATC buttons at the front.
20th CenturyPlace Notes
At least some components made in Melboure, VictoriaeMedium and Materials
textile, metalInscription and Marks
On inside of wasit of skirt, handwritten in ink: 'COLLINS / ...[?]'. the same indecipherable fragment is writtenon the binding adjacent.Measurements
Skirt: 68.5cm (l) (centre) 35cm (w) (at waist)
Jacket: 66cm (l)
The uniform was worn by Miss Winifred Hilda Fisher (b. 1914) of Launceston, Tasmania, while serving with the Women's Air Training Corps during the Second World War.
Family recall that she was trained in Morse code and recounted monitoring aircraft movements over Launceston from Windmill Hill. WATC Members also monitored aircraft and shipping from George Town.
Family state that Miss Fisher lived at 84 Elphin Road, Launceston for much of her life and worked as a secretary at the Launceston RSL.
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