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Badge - French Red Cross, 1918 Object Reg. No: SH 950371

Alternative Name(s): Button

Metal badge featuring an allegorical figure of Liberty shown holding the French tricolor. Around the badge is printed 'French Red Cross Dec. 6 - 1918.' The badge was sold on 6 December 1918 in South Australia to raise funds for the work of the Red Cross in the war zones of France.

The South Australian French Red Cross appeal was launched on 2 December 1918, 'when the children of the State bade farewell to Gen. Pan and the French Mission, and made a valuable presentation to the Red Cross Fund.' (The Register (Adelaide), 3 Dec 1918). The French Red Cross, The Register explained, was divided into three groups: the 'Secours aux blesses,' which dealt with purely military requirements, and to which half of the funds were entirely devoted; and the 'Societe des Femmes de France' and 'Societe les Dames Francaises,' which together distributed the other half of the funds 'in alleviating distress caused by calamities in war or peace.' The activities were coordinated by Gen. Pau, President of the great French Red. Cross Society.
Metal badge, with the female head of the figure of Liberty shown holding the French tricolor. The figure has one hand raised to her mouth. Inscription around edge. The badge is fastened by a metal pin which slips into a hole in the back of the badge.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Museum of Victoria Numismatics Collection, 1995
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 3.50 cm (Width), 3.50 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918, allegorical art, world war i fundraising
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Civilian Life
Tertiary Classification: fundraising
Inscriptions: 'FRENCH RED CROSS DEC. 6 - 1918'.
Place & Date Made: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1918
Place & Date Used: South Australia, Australia, post 1918r
Organisation Named: French Red Cross, France, 1918
References: Sold 6 Dec 1918 in South Australia [GOOD,A.M;nd]
"FRENCH RED CROSS APPEAL." The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) 3 Dec 1918: 4. Web. 15 Jan 2013 <>;.

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