Red Cross shows century of memories

Albury Library Museum collection officer Christine Edgar and Red Cross Zone 20 representative Anne Knox show some of the items to go on display at the Red Cross exhibition. Picture: JOHN RUSSELL

Albury Library Museum collection officer Christine Edgar and Red Cross Zone 20 representative Anne Knox show some of the items to go on display at the Red Cross exhibition. Picture: JOHN RUSSELL

RED Cross uniforms and old cake tins sent to soldiers in World War II will be among memorabilia to go on display at Albury Library Museum next month.

The items will tell the story of the world’s largest humanitarian movement as Red Cross celebrates its centenary.

As part of the celebrations, a website has also been launched to showcase the many Red Cross stories of everyday Australians.

Zone 20 representative Anne Knox said the exhibition celebrated the contribution of the millions of people who helped make Australian Red Cross what it is today.

“We have memorabilia from all the local branches,” Mrs Knox said.

Red Cross started on August 13, 1914, nine days after the outbreak of World War I.

Lady Helen Munro-Ferguson, wife of the Governor-General, formed a branch of the British Red Cross at Government House in Melbourne, calling for volunteers to help with the production of comfort parcels for soldiers.

Hundreds of thousands of volunteers signed up during World War I, and by World War II Red Cross had become Australia’s largest charitable organisation.

An official opening will be held on August 13, at 11am, and the display will remain in the library museum foyer until May.

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