• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: AWE0208

Hayter, Lorna

(1897 – 1989)
  • Born 27 December, 1897, Quirindi New South Wales Australia
  • Died 15 July, 1989
  • Occupation Agriculturalist, Public servant, Servicewoman


Lorna Hayter studied agriculture at the University of Sydney. In 1927 she joined the New South Wales Department of Agriculture. During World War II Hayter was a member of the Women’s Australian National Services, and became Assistant Controller with the Australian Army Women’s Service. Later she hosted the Australian Broadcasting Commission weekly national program Farm and Home and became women’s editor of the Land Newspaper. On 31 December 1979, Lorna Hayter was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to agriculture and the community.


  • 1978 - 1980

    Board member of the YWCA, Sydney

  • 1927 - 1948

    Senior Extension Officer with the Agricultural Bureau of New South Wales

  • 1936 - 1937

    Researcher with the Rural Adult Education Overseas Grant for the Carnegie Corporation, New York

  • 1941 - 1944

    Assistant controller with the Australian Women’s Army Service

  • 1944 - 1945

    Assisted with the Rural Reconstruction Report

  • 1953 - 1967

    Employed by the Australian Broadcasting Commission

  • 1961 - 1971

    Broadcaster for the radio program Farm and Home and women’s editor Land Newspaper

  • 1981 - 1989

    Patron of the Australian Women’s Army Service Association (NSW)

  • 1921 - 1927

    Science teacher with the Department of Education at Orange

Published resources

Archival resources

  • National Library of Australia, Oral History and Folklore Collection
    • Lorna Hayter interviewed by Hazel de Berg in the Hazel de Berg collection [sound recording]
  • Australian War Memorial, Research Centre
    • Major Lorna Byrne, Assistant Controller, Australian Women's Army Service, Land Headquarters
    • Some of the 900 members of the Australian Women's Army Service taking part in a march past as a farewell to Major Lorna Byrne

Related entries

  • Related Organisations
    • Australian Women's Army Service Association (NSW) (1948 - )
    • Australian Women's Army Service (AWAS) (1941 - 1947)