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Document Details


Title: Nancy Ormsby
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Victoria. State Library. Special Collections. Australian Manuscripts Collection
Collection: Victorians at War - Oral History Project
Description: After traveling around a lot as a child, Nancy's family settled in Gippsland, Victoria. She was working in a private hospital at Korumburra doing housework and monitoring the wards when the war started. Nancy went to live with her sister in Clifton Hill and worked in a cigarette factory. She tried to join the army (Australian Women's Army Service) at aged 17 but was turned away because she was too young. She was allowed, however, to join the Australian Women's Land Army in May 1943 because they would take girls from the age of 17 with parental permission.
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Speaker: Ormsby, Nancy
Speaker gender: Female
Speaker race: White
Speaker occupation: Military personnel
Document date: Undated
Organizations discussed: Australia. Army
Historical events discussed: World War II, 1939-1945
Locations discussed: Australia; Oceania; Victoria, Australia
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Australia; Australia. Army; Australia--Armed Forces; Australia--History; Australia--Military policy; Oceania; Oral history; Victoria, Australia; Women soldiers--Australia; World War II, 1939-1945; World War, 1939-1945--Participation, Female; World War, 1939-1945--Veterans; World War, 1939-1945--Women
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0026771-28946