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South Australia - Organisation

The Australian Red Cross (1914 - )

Care Provider, Community Service Organisation and Non-denominational

The Australian Branch of the British Red Cross Society was formed on the outbreak of the first World War in 1914. The Australian Junior Red Cross, a subsidiary organisation to the Australian Red Cross, was formally established in New South Wales in 1918. The Junior Red Cross carried out a range of roles and services, including running children's Homes. In South Australia, a number of Junior Red Cross Homes operated between 1933 and 1968.


Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: 'History and heritage: a timeline of Australian Red Cross', in Australian Red Cross, 2014,; George, Karen, Finding your own way, Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia Inc., 2005,; Robinson, Penny, 'Youth and Education Services, Australian Red Cross (1914 - )', in The Australian Women's Register, National Foundation for Australian Women and the University of Melbourne, 2004,

Prepared by: Ann McCarthy