Red Cross Ideological and Service Map, 1941

5 February 2015
5 February 2015

Red Cross Ideological and Service Map, 1941. Although printed in 1941 this stylised map shows the fundamental ideology of the Red Cross as well as the services it provided. This helps to understand the Red Cross’ role in Queensland during  World War I as it shows the underlying ideology of generosity and mercy which were clearly demonstrated by members of the Queensland district branches during the World War I. The Geneva Convention is the trunk and commencement point from which the key services of the society branch out. In the early years of the war the Queensland division of the Red Cross focused upon stores and equipment for field hospitals and comfort parcels for soldiers at the front as listed upon one branch. Local convalescent homes became increasingly important as did methods of rehabilitation as wounded soldiers returned to Queensland. As the war waged on, the welfare of prisoners of war became increasingly important also. From Joan Lindsay, The story of the Red Cross, Melbourne: Australian Red Cross Society, 1941.

Joan Lindsay, The story of the Red Cross, Melbourne: Australian Red Cross Society, 1941

Volunteers at Queensland Red Cross Society Headquarters, 1917.

Collection of John Oxley Library, Brisbane.

Members of South Brisbane Branch of the Red Cross Society, 1919 The South Brisbane Branch was formed in August 1914 and continued its volunteer work throughout the war.

Collection of John Oxley Library, Brisbane

Red Cross Society Headquarters, 409 Adelaide Street, Brisbane, 1918.

Collection of the John Oxley Library Brisbane

The year 2014 marks the centenary of not only the outbreak of World War I but also the establishment of the Red Cross Society in Australia.

Dulice Campbell, with two crocodiles at Sunday Gully, North Queensland, c1950. While crocodile hunting was widely perceived as adventurous, dangerous, and macho some women participated.

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Candlestick telephone, 1966

Candlestick telephone, 1966


Queensland Museum
23 November 2010

Copyright © Queensland Museum, 2010


When thinking of the great battlefields of World War II it is Stalingrad’s rooftops, London’s skyline and the jungles of Burma that come to mind, not the sleepy 'big country town' of Brisbane.

Queensland was a frontline of Allied efforts in the Pacific War of 1941-45, and especially in the crisis year of 1942.

Women's woodchop, Goombungee show, c1960. Slides by John Thun, Collection of the Centre for the Government of Queensland.

Copyright © John Thun and the Collection of the Centre for the Government of Queensland, 2010

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