On 13 August 1914, nine days after the outbreak of World War I, Lady Helen Munro Ferguson, wife of the then Governor-General, Sir Ronald Munro Ferguson, established an Australian Branch of the British Red Cross Society at Government House in Melbourne.
In the months that followed, hundreds of thousands of volunteers signed up to provide assistance to sick and wounded soldiers, as well as their families. Support for the organisation was overwhelming, and in NSW alone there were more than 300 branches created between August and November 1914.
By World War II, Australian Red Cross had become the country’s largest charitable organisation, focusing efforts on social welfare, national emergencies, natural disasters, the blood bank, and first aid programs.
Part of the world’s largest humanitarian movement, Australian Red Cross now has around one million members, volunteers, donors, staff, blood donors, and supporters, whose efforts are making a positive difference to the lives of people in need, in communities around Australia and further afield.
100 Years of Red Cross in Australia Commemorative Coin
In celebration of its tremendous contribution since 1914, we are delighted to release 100 Years of Red Cross in Australia, an Australian commemorative coin struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver. No more than 5,000 of these 2014-dated tributes, featuring images representing a broad cross-section of society that Australian Red Cross assists, will be released. For further information, click here.
The emblem and logo of the Red Cross (Emblem) are owned by the Federal Minister for Defence (Minister) and may only be used with the written consent of the Minister. Any unauthorised use of the Emblem is a criminal offence under Australian law.