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Australian Red Cross : South Australian Division: World War Two

This State Library Library Guide explores the history of the Australian Red Cross : South Australian Division and the records of the division held in the library's collections.

World War II


"It is impossible to set out in detail the many varying forms of Red Cross services rendered, but the following items provided should indicate the volume of them:-

"Clothing, supplementary allowances, dental and optical requirements, wheel chairs, spinal beds, tobacco and cigarettes, comforts, various grants to soldiers' homes, special comforts to T.B. patients and mental hospitals, provision of artificial limbs for disabilities not war caused, motor vehicles to limbless soldiers, recreational facilities for patients at Keswick Repatriation Hospital, Handicraft shop, which sells articles made by ex-service men for their benefit, provision of Convalescent Home services for ex-service men and women, special allowances to blinded soldiers (not war caused), Christmas gifts and parties, transport facilities for sick men to and from hospitals, special teas at Keswick Repatriation Hospital, medical supplies on doctors' orders, walking stick and crutches." SRG 770/39/3

Red Cross Homes and Depots

Keswick Repatriation Hospital

Lady Galway Convalescent Home

Kapara Convalescent Home, Glenelg.

Eden Park Convalescent Home for women, Marryatville.

Red Cross Reception Rooms at Wayville and Outer Harbor, for the provision of comforts and entertainment of invalid servicemen and women returning to or transiting through South Australia.

Myrtle Bank T.B. Hospital

Sanatoria at Bedford Park and Kalyra

Produce Depot

Clothing Depot

SRG 770/40/92

Lady Gowrie takes the salute at a march past of more than 500 Red Cross members at the Torrens Parade Ground, 20 November 1943.

Kapara Convalescent Home

"Known popularly in post-war years as the Anzac Hostel, Kapara, one of the biggest residences in Glenelg district, will soon become a soldiers' home again. The Red Cross Society announced yesterday ... that it was about to take over the property and use it as a home for convalescent members of the Second A.I.F. It will thus become the first institution to be opened for that purpose in the state." The Advertiser 11 July 1940, page 10.