AUSTRALIAN RED CROSS
IN AUSTRALIA DURING WWII

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via Ian Jenkins

Australian Red Cross Society Badges

 

Australian Red Cross Badge which belonged
to John Goulevitch. Probably a post war badge.

 

The Australian Red Cross Society had a supply store in the Rocky Creek area on the Atherton Tablelands.

Robert Stahl, an American Guerrilla of Mindanao (AGOM) wrote about the Australian Red Cross in his article "You're No Good to Me Dead":-

The Australian Red Cross operated canteens where we could while away time with coffee, doughnuts, and dancing. In addition, they operated a rest and recreation area at Coolangatta, a seashore resort not far from Brisbane. There we could get reasonably priced meals and a bed and spend days off duty lazing about in the surf Also, the place had some very comely hostesses with whom most of us dreamed of getting lucky, while few did.

 


Photo:- via Ann Batten

Winifred Mary Margeson was a member of the Voluntary Aid Detachment who worked for the Red Cross

 


Photo:- via Ann Batten

Winifred Mary Margeson in her Red Cross uniform

 


Photo:- via Ann Batten

Winifred Margeson and her dog "Paddy" in the garden of her
mother's home at Bulimba, Brisbane, in July 1943

 

The Australian Red Cross established a number of Convalescent Homes through Australia early in the war in Europe for use by members of the Australia Defence Forces not requiring further active medical treatment. The Red Cross was responsible for transporting patients from Military Hospitals to the Convalescent Homes. In 1940 the charge for treatment was 6 shillings per day per patient. The following is a list of the Red Cross Convalescent Homes in operation in 1940:-

"Glenroma", Laurel Avenue, Chelmer, Queensland
"Neringah", Neringah Avenue, Wahroonga, New South Wales
Newcastle and District Red Cross Convalescent Home, Dudley, Newcastle, New South Wales
The Lady Gowrie Red Cross Convalescent Home, 10 Edward Street, Gordon, New South Wales
The Lady Wakehurst Red Cross Convalescent Home, 197 Birrell Street, Bondi, New South Wales
"Stonnington", Glenferrie Road, Melbourne, Victoria
"Kurneh", Domain Road, South Yarra, Victoria (for Officers)
"Rockingham", Barker's Road, Kew, Victoria
"Kapara", Moseley Street, Glenelg, South Australia
The Lady Mitchell Convalescent Home, Railway Parade, Cottesloe, Western Australia
Red Cross Convalescent Home, Claremont, Tasmania

 

 


AWM ID Number: 017476

Chelmer Convalescent Home, Brisbane, which was run by the
Australian Red Cross, 23 August 1944. It had a capacity of 73 patients.
This is probably "Glenroma" at Laurel Avenue, Chelmer.

 


Photo:- via Ann Batten

Women of the Australian Red Cross marching down a city street, possibly Brisbane.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Ann Batten for her assistance with this web page. Her aunty Winifred Mary Margeson from Bulimba, Brisbane was a member of the Australian Red Cross during WWII.

 

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This page first produced 27 January 2007

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