Badge, Red Cross Society Queensland
Obv: Red Cross "Red Cross Society Queensland Division" "Day" Rev: Pin
CH classification NUMISMATICS (MEDALS AND OTHER) Badges Civil
gilt brass; red, white enamel
History and use
Red Cross as we know it today commenced operation in Australia in 1914 with the primary aim of sending care parcels to World War 1 troops. The service quickly expanded to provide a range of services including medical transport (of patients and equipment) and a tracing and messaging service (for contacting military personnel). Post-war, the emphasis was on relief efforts and medical care for returned servicemen. The Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service was started in 1929 in Melbourne, with Brisbane’s service opening soon after.