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Medal - Australian Comfort Fund, South Australian Division, Australia, circa 1919 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 34525

Summary:
Medal issued by the South Australian division of the Australian Comforts Fund. Comforts Funds sent care parcels to Australians serving overseas, including letters, newspapers and periodicals. Early in World War I local women's groups in Australia began working to provide provide tobacco, cakes, puddings, condensed milk, sugar, biscuits' newspapers and other 'luxury' items to supplement the Australian soldier's army rations. These fundraising bodies were amalgamated in 1916 to form a national body which undertook to provide 'comforts' to all Australians abroad, the Australian Comforts Fund. The ACF grew into an enormous fundraising, collecting, sorting and distribution organisation that rivalled the Red Cross. Although men took some executive positions on national and state committees, the bulk of the administrative and manual work fell on a huge 'army' of unpaid women. Some of the work took place on the battlefield, where 12 million mugs of coffee and tea were provided during World War I. The ACF was dissolved at the end of the War, but had proved such a success as a link between home and the battlefield that it was revived in 1940.
Description:
Obverse has a bust of a soldier. Reverse has an inscription framed by a wreath.
Statement Of Significance:
Early in World War I local women?s groups in Australia began working to provide provide tobacco, cakes, puddings, condensed milk, sugar, biscuits' newspapers and other ?luxury? items to supplement the Australian soldier?s army rations. These fund-raising bodies were amalgamated in 1916 to form a national body which undertook to provide ?comforts? to all Australians abroad, the Australian Comforts Fund. The ACF grew into an enormous fundraising, collecting, sorting and distribution organisation that rivalled the Red Cross. Although men took some executive positions on national and state committees, the bulk of the administrative and manual work fell on a huge ?army? of unpaid women. Some of the work took place on the battlefield, where 12 million such mugs of coffee and tea during World War I. The ACF was dissolved at the end of the War, but had proved such a success as a link between home and the battlefield that it was revived in 1940.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 52 mm (Diameter)

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Tagged with: wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918, world war i fundraising, gallipoli, soldiers comforts
Themes this item is part of: Australian Comforts Fund, World War I, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: military history
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: circa 1919 AD
Obverse Description: Bust of Australian soldier right wearing hat and holding rifle
Reverse Description: Within wreath, NEW GUINEA / EGYPT / GALLIPOLI / FRANCE / PALESTINE / SALONIKA / MESOPOTAMIA; in small letters below wreath, STOKES & SONS
Edge Description: AUSTRALIAN COMFORT FUND SA DIVISION
Inscriptions: AUSTRALIAN COMFORT FUND SA DIVISION
NEW GUINEA EGYPT GALLIPOLI FRANCE PALESTINE SALONIKA MESOPOTAMIA
STOKES & SONS
Shape: Round with loop
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Australian Comfort Fund, South Australian Division, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, circa 1919
Mint: Stokes & Sons (Mint), circa 1919
Commissioned By: Australian Comforts Fund (ACF) South Australian Division, South Australia, Australia, 1918-1920
References: References:
Picture Australia website http://nla.gov.au/nla
State Library of Victoria website World War I 1914-1918: Women and the War, http://www.statelibrary.vic.gov.au/slv/resources/ww1/wawaust.html
Anzac Day website http://www.anzacday.org.au/miscellaneous/teacup.html. -D. Tout-Smith 27/11/2003.
Car. ZN/1

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