Strathalbyn Red Cross badge, 1918

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Date of creation: 
1918
Materials: 
tin, paper, celluloid
Collection Name: 
ID/Accession No: 
HT 85.2643
Description: 

Circular badge: printed paper between tin base and celluloid cover. Background of native trees, emu wearing a wreath with 'Australia' written on it. White rim: marked 'Strathalbyn' 'Red Cross Society, 1918'.

History: 

Made in 1918, possibly to be sold at the Trench Comforts Fund fete held at Strathalbyn in March of that year.  Later acquired by a private collector, and donated to the Migration Museum in the 1980s.

Significance: 

The South Australian Red Cross was formed in August 1914, in response to the outbreak of the First World War (1914 – 1918). Since then, thousands of volunteers, mostly women, have given their time and skills to Red Cross programs, their efforts supported largely by public fundraising.  Badge-making and selling were integral to these fundraising efforts.

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