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ANDREW, Marjorie

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Marjorie Andrew worked for the Allied Works Council in Alice Springs and Darwin during World War Two (Alice Springs 1944-1945). One of the most pressing demands on Australia during World War Two was for the construction of infrastructure and communication works, such as port facilities, aerodromes, fuel depots, roads and bridges. Commonwealth expenditure on works increased from two million pounds in the year preceding the outbreak of war to 32 million pounds in 1941-2. In February 1942 the Allied Works Council was created to take responsibility for carrying out all works required for war purposes by the Allied forces in Australia. Marjorie Andrew joined the Allied Works Council in 1944 and arrived in Alice Springs from her home in Adelaide on the 28th May, 1944. She worked in the Accountant's Department. In November, 1945 she was chosen to go to Darwin and continued working with the Allied Works Council until the end of May 1946, when she returned to Adelaide and resigned from the Allied Works Council.