• Archival Collection

Records of the Women's Australian National Services

To access these records

Please contact the AskUs service at the State Library of South Australia:

Postal Address: GPO Box 419, Adelaide SA 5001

Phone: (08) 8207 7250 or SA country callers 1800 182 013

Website: https://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/ask-us

Reference Number

Quote this number to access your records: State Library of South Australia Archival Number, SRG 514

Records Location

These records are held by State Library of South Australia.


Records of the Women’s Australian National Services (W.A.N.S.) is a collection held by the State Library of South Australia. The collection includes minutes, annual reports, photographs, members’ roll, financial records, training manual, and newspaper cuttings relating to the Services and Wanslea Children’s Home.

Access Conditions

Some of the records in this collection are unprocessed and access may not be possible. The State Library of South Australia will be able to provide further advice.


This collection includes records about the Women’s Australian National Services (W.A.N.S.). The records sometimes refer to Wanslea Children’ Home which was run by W.A.N.S.

Records in this collection include:

  • General meeting minutes, 1941-1997 – Some minutes include Wanslea reports, matron’s reports and House Committee reports. These reports provide information about numbers of children in the home, discussion of maintenance and staffing issues.
  • Ephemera, c. 1962 – Includes a flyer promtoing the services offered by Wanslea.
  • Bookings record, 1962-1964 – Records the work being done by W.A.N.S. staff, at Wanslea and in people’s homes.
  • Women’s Australian National Services: their next objective “Wanslea” booklet, undated.
  • Newspaper clippings, 1941-1985 – Includes scrapbooks which document the history of W.A.N.S. and Wanslea in the press.
  • Photographs, c.1943-1948 – Includes group photographs of W.A.N.S. and Wanslea staff.
  • Training Committee minutes, 1947-1957
  • Council minutes, 1942-1953
  • Committee minutes, 1942-1943
  • Executive minutes, 1943-1948 & 1951-1955
  • Minutes, 1951
  • Board of Management minutes, 1948-1964
  • Officers’ meeting minutes, 1941-1997
  • Auxiliary Territorial minutes, 1941-1942
  • Annual reports, 1942-1949, 1962
  • Finanacial records

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