Ticket - Railway Patriotic Fund Popular Concert

Production date
1917
Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
A red, white and blue (tri colour) railway ticket for a concert held by the Railway Patriotic Fund in 1917 at the Brisbane Exhibition Hall.
Classification
CH classification DOCUMENTS Tickets railway
CH classification DOCUMENTS Tickets theatre and recreation
Measurements
W57 x H30mm
Media/Materials description
Cardboard
Signature/Marks
Railway Patriotic Fund. \ POPULAR CONCERT \ EXHIBITION HALL, \ Saturday, 3rd Nov., 1917. \ AT 8 P.M. \ ADMISSION - 1s. \ 0000
History and use
This Railway ticket is for attendance at a fund-raising concert organised by the Railway Patriotic Fund in Queensland during the First World War.

For railway workers in Queensland who enlisted in the AIF during the war, there was a considerable shortfall between railway pay and pay as an enlisted man. This deficiency was met by the government in New South Wales, but in Queensland, the Railway Patriotic Fund matched the shortfall. Run by the railway community, the fund was started in 1914 and aimed to ensure the well-being of dependents of railway men and to support families of the wounded and battlefield casualties.

The railway community, as for the broader population, were active and imaginative in fundraising undertakings. Social events were particularly popular activities for raising money. These social events ranged from concerts and card nights to boxing matches and picnic excursions. In the best tradition of the railways, the events were priced, ticketed and organised with precision.
Registration number
R6557

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