HANNAH MORE FRAZER
OF THE AMERICAN RED CROSS
IN AUSTRALIA DURING WWII

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Miss Hannah More Frazer, was one of four American women who arrived in Australia in about late August 1942. Miss Helen Hall, led the team which also included Mrs. Anita Woodworth and Miss Florice Langley. Their role was to take charge of American Red Cross Service Club personnel in Australia, and to establish new American Red Cross centres and to extend existing centres. Miss Hall was the administrative assistant to the delegate in charge of American Red Cross Service Clubs and Leave Areas in Australia.

Miss Florice Langley opened an ARC Service Club in Cairns, in far north Queensland and Mrs. Anita Woodworth opened an ARC Service Club in Charters Towers in north Queensland.

Miss Hannah More Frazer was appointed Director of the American Red Cross Service Club in Melbourne in about September 1942. Miss Frazer was an Electrical Engineer and had also carried out draughting work with the Texas Power and Light company.

Miss Frazer first worked for the American Red Cross in 1933 when she became interested in the society through her first aid and life-saving work she had undertaken at a time when she was an outstanding swimmer. Later on she became Director of the largest girls' summer camp in the USA and before she arrived in Australia, she was the Assistant Field Director at Camp Bowie where she looked after social and financial problems and recreation activities.

Miss Frazer also spent some time in New Zealand during WWII organising American Red Cross Service Clubs for American forces.

Miss Hannah More Frazer visited Newcastle in New South Wales in June 1943 to select a building for a new American Red Cross Service Club and to make preparations for an early project launch. The following personnel accompanied Miss Frazer:-

Mr. Hall Swenson, Director of American Red Cross Clubs
Mrs. Mary Alfred, Assistant Director
Miss Mary Ellen Evans, Recreation Supervisor
Miss Charlotte Allen, Recreation Supervisor
Miss Margaret Keller, Personal Service Director

In about March 1945, Miss Hannah More Frazer travelled to Perth in Western Australia to inspect various clubs maintained by the American Red Cross.

 

REFERENCES

"U.S. Red Cross Service Clubs for Queensland", Queensland Times, 19 August 1942

"American Red Cross Workers Arrive", Weekly Times (Melbourne), 2 September 1942

"Career of New Club Director", The Argus (Melbourne), 11 September 1942

"American Red Cross", The West Australia (Perth), 1 October 1942

"What it Tex!", Mirror (Perth), 31 March 1945

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Rob Gordon for his assistance with this web page. Hannah More Frazer was his godmother. Rob's mother, Miss Sally Howe during WWII, was Director of the American Red Cross Service Club in Brisbane towards the end of the war.

 

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