Women's Land Army girls, 1942, Gosford, NSW, Australia.  Thousands of young women joined the Women's Auxiliary National Service (WANS), more commonly known as the Women's Land Army on the home front during World War 2. They kept farms and food production going and helped to feed both the civilian population and service personnel.

Women's Land Army girls, 1942, Gosford, NSW, Australia. Thousands of young women joined the Women's Auxiliary National Service (WANS), more commonly known as the Women's Land Army on the home front during World War 2. They kept farms and food production going and helped to feed both the civilian population and service personnel.

Burgundy Street, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia, 1890s Copyright expired image.   Taken By: W. H. Ferguson   Original image from The State Library of Victoria.   This Image has been restored by Foto Supplies, Albury, NSW, Australia

Burgundy Street, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia, 1890s Copyright expired image. Taken By: W. H. Ferguson Original image from The State Library of Victoria. This Image has been restored by Foto Supplies, Albury, NSW, Australia

Morpeth Railway Station at Morpeth, NSW ca.1890. v@e.

Morpeth Railway Station at Morpeth, NSW ca.1890. v@e.

This day in 1788 - The first English settlers arrived in Australia's Botany Bay to establish a penal colony. The group moved north eight days later and settled at Port Jackson.

This day in 1788 - The first English settlers arrived in Australia's Botany Bay to establish a penal colony. The group moved north eight days later and settled at Port Jackson.

The First Fleet at Anchor in Botany Bay, 1788. An Aborigine in a bark canoe is seen in the foreground. Mitchell Library

The First Fleet at Anchor in Botany Bay, 1788. An Aborigine in a bark canoe is seen in the foreground. Mitchell Library


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The Convict System - between 1788 and 1868, 165,000 convicts were transported to Australia.

The Convict System - between 1788 and 1868, 165,000 convicts were transported to Australia.

HMS Wolverine at anchor, seen from Mrs Macquaries Point, Sydney Harbour, ca. 1881-87. The fourth Royal Navy ship to bear the name Wolverine, this wooden-screw corvette was launched in 1863 and sailed to Australia in 1881, where it was flagship for Commodore John C. Wilson's Australia Station. It was later decommissioned and converted to a mercantile barque.

HMS Wolverine at anchor, seen from Mrs Macquaries Point, Sydney Harbour, ca. 1881-87. The fourth Royal Navy ship to bear the name Wolverine, this wooden-screw corvette was launched in 1863 and sailed to Australia in 1881, where it was flagship for Commodore John C. Wilson's Australia Station. It was later decommissioned and converted to a mercantile barque.

Captain Arthur Phillip who led the First Fleet to Australia in 1788. He established the penal colony that was to become Sydney and served as the first Governor of New South Wales from 1788 to 1792.

Captain Arthur Phillip who led the First Fleet to Australia in 1788. He established the penal colony that was to become Sydney and served as the first Governor of New South Wales from 1788 to 1792.

1788:Map of Sydney Cove and Convict Ships of the First Fleet.

1788:Map of Sydney Cove and Convict Ships of the First Fleet.

The Charlotte Medal...the Charlotte was one of the six convict ships in the First Fleet. The ship's surgeon,John White, had convict Thomas Barrett(forger), engrave this silver medal as a memento.

The Charlotte Medal...the Charlotte was one of the six convict ships in the First Fleet. The ship's surgeon,John White, had convict Thomas Barrett(forger), engrave this silver medal as a memento.

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