Badge, Australian Red Cross Day

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Obv: Embossed bust of soldier, cross, wreath, "Australian Red Cross Day" Rev: Pin.
CH classification NUMISMATICS (MEDALS AND OTHER) Badges Civil red cross
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dark toned brass
History and use
This Australian Red Cross Day badge dates from the period after World War 1.
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.
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