Framed Certificate

Production date
1916
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Object detail

Description
Framed Certificate, handwritten certificate documenting the return of a flag to the Brisbane Girls Club, signed by 43 members of the 6th Field Engineers underneath text thanking the Brisbane Girls Club. Framed in Brisbane.
Classification
CH classification DOCUMENTS Certificates certificate of appreciation
CH classification MILITARY
Production date
1916
Measurements
Frame 494 x 315mm Certificate approx. 458 x 278mm
Media/Materials description
Glass, cardboard, woods, metal wire, paper.
Certificate: Support: brown beige, wove paper. Medium: handwritten in sepia ink. 1 signature is written in blue ink. Backing board: strawboard with George Gould framing label on verso. Frame: dark brown narrow timber with decorative detail, old gold fillet and rolled glass.
Signature/Marks
AUSTRALIAN IMPERIAL FORCES \ No 1 SECTION \ 6TH FIELD COMPANY ENGINEERS \ MAY 1916 \ TO THE PRESIDENT AND MEMBERS OF THE \ BRISBANE GIRLS CLUB, QUEENSLAND \ WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, BEING THE MEMBERS OF THE NO 1 SECTION \ 6TH FIELD COMPANY ENGINEERS, HAVE MUCH PLEASURE IN \ SENDING YOU OUR FLAG WHICH HAS ACCOMPANIED US FROM \ QUEENSLAND TO THE SANDY DESERTS OF EGYPT, THENCE TO \ THE FIRING LINE IN FRANCE, AND WE HOPE THAT IT WILL \ BE ACCEPTED IN TOKEN OF OUR GRATEFUL APPRECIATION OF \ THE GIFTS PROVIDED BY THE BRISBANE GIRLS CLUB \ XMAS 1915 \ F.P.H Fewtrell Lieut. [followed by table containing 43 names, signatures and location]
History and use
This framed certificate contains signatures of the 6th Field Engineers, AIF, World War 1. It was presented to the Brisbane Girls Club in May 1916, along with a Queensland Flag and a group portrait of the soldiers. The items give thanks for 1915 Christmas gifts sent by the Brisbane Girls Club. These objects along with a letter of appreciation to the Club from HRH the Prince of Wales dated 18 August 1920 demonstrate the important role played by women on the homefront during WW1.

These items remained in the possession of Murielle Jean Brewer nee Jamieson. During the War years, Murielle was a member of the Brisbane Girls Club, a women’s service organisation that supported and raised funds for men on active service. The Club, headquartered on the second floor of the R Hornsby and Sons building in Edward Street, raised over £4,000 in ‘comfort funds’ and also provided supplies for men stationed at camps in the local Brisbane area. In addition to helping with fundraising, Murielle also assisted the Red Cross efforts on the home front.
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Registration number
H48346

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