Land Army fed a nation in wartime
MAVIS Hore was just a teenager when the Second World War broke out.
Her brother joined up and was sent overseas.
And the19-year-old wanted to do her part, too.
So Mavis joined the Australian Women's Land Army in Gosford.
These women kept farms and food production going, to feed both civilians and service personnel.
Mavis joined up in September 1941.
"I was with the first group of eight girls to leave Sydney for Gosford," she said.
"We were told to take enough money to last a month as we were not sure if we would get work..."
Mavis has been invited to Canberra for a reception to honour the land army.
The Bindaree Aged Care Facility resident will travel to the capital on August 20.
The Boyne Island Lions Club has donated $1400 to cover the travel costs of Mavis and a carer.
Mavis moved to Boyne Island 12 years ago.
"My first job was clearing away orange prunings from an orchard on Mangrove Mountain," she said.
"After a few days a couple of us were sent to Wamberal and billeted with a lovely family."
It was fairly tough going. The girls had to walk about a mile to a vegetable farm to pick beans and tomatoes.
"Needless to say, I didn't think much of that, the bean picking was cruel on my back …. All for a shilling an hour," she said.
But Mavis is proud of her contribution.
"I decided I wanted to do my bit too."