The Australian Women’s Army Service was established on 13 August 1941 by the government to “release men from certain military duties for employment in fighting units” . The AWAS recruited women between the ages of 18 and 45 and they served in a variety of roles including clerks, typists, cooks and drivers during the war years.
Anne Mitchell (nee Muter) Siggins was born 11th May 1896 in Edinburgh, Scotland. She was 46 when she enlisted in the AWAS on 15 July 1942, and the first grandmother to do so. Anne had married in 1916, and had four children with her husband, Gordon William Siggins (1894-1982).
This article from the Australian Women’s Weekly, 24 October 1942. You can read more about Anne Siggins here.