Women in War

Women in War

 ww1 nurse and boer war nurse hi def Women In War Mural

The Violet Town RSL Sub-branch unveiled their new mural honoring women in wartime on 16 February 2024.

The mural is located outside the RSL Rooms in Cowslip St, along the fence line.

It symbolically represents all those Australian women who served in the military or supported Australia's and allied military forces.

Designed and constructed by the Violet Town RSL Sub-branch members, the mostly black and white mural is big - 17 metres long and covers the period from the Anglo-Boer War to the present. It allows the Violet Town RSL to commemorate the 20 or so local women who have done their bit but in a wider (and longer!) context.

There are portraits and pictures including women working in factories, nurses treating patients, entertainers in Vietnam, women in combat uniforms, senior officers with their ribbons, women flying planes, and more.

A presentation about the history behind the mural by one of Australia’s leading women-in-war historians is being given on Saturday 2 March in the Violet Town Community Hall from 11.00 am. If anyone would like to attend, please rsvp for the free presentation and a tour of the mural and its story boards, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for catering purposes.

If you cannot make the event, do visit Violet Town and have a look if you are travelling in our direction (Violet Town is just 1 km off the Hume Freeway in NE Victoria). The mural is outside the RSL rooms in Cowslip St, opposite the Ellen Frances hotel.

Here are some pictures from the mural, painted by mural artist Tim Bowtell and his son Sam. 


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