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Medal - Red Cross Tennis, Australian Red Cross Society, Victoria, Australia, circa 1940 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 18760

Summary:
Australia Victoria
Tennis Prize Medal c. 1940 (AD)
Mint: K.G.Luke
Other Details: This medal, issued by the Red Cross Society, reflects the use of sport as a fund-raising activity in Melbourne during World War Two. The Australian Red Cross Society was formed in 1914, and in 1938 became independent from the British Red Cross. During World War II 347 men and 193 women from the Red Cross served in 23 countries, as well as on hospital ships and aircraft carriers. Thousands of Australian volunteers spent hundreds of hours in Red Cross offices around the country, packing Red Cross parcels, sewing clothes and processing tracing requests. Volunteers also worked in hospitals throughout Australia, and the Australian Red Cross supplied all personnel except for doctors and nurses for civil emergency hospitals and first aid posts. They cooked meals, carried out immunization programs and organized blood donor drives. Australian Red Cross staff also provided assistance to captured and wounded enemy soldiers being treated in military hospitals. One of their principal duties was to provide weekly food parcels, clothing, medical and other supplies to Australian Prisoners-of-war. The Red Cross Tracing and Message Service was also one of the busiest services during World War II. During 1943 alone some 230,000 letters were distributed to POW camps in Malaya, Java, Shanghai, Hong Kong, China, Burma and Japan. The Australian Red Cross carried out a vast range of other relief operations throughout the war.
Description:
Silver plated medal depicting Head of female nurse left; around, AUSTRALIAN RED CROSS SOCIETY and
figure of man serving a tennis ball to right, dressed in long trousers and short-sleeved shirt
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 57 mm (Width), 57 mm (Diameter)

More information

Tagged with: healthcare medicine, sport, tennis, junior red cross
Themes this item is part of: K.G. Luke, Medal & Trophy Makers, Melbourne, Victoria, Leisure Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Australian Red Cross Society
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: sport
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: circa 1940 AD
Obverse Description: Head of female nurse left; around, AUSTRALIAN RED CROSS SOCIETY
Reverse Description: Figure of man serving a tennis ball to right, dressed in long trousers and short-sleeved shirt
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Plain (edge)
Head of female nurse left; around, AUSTRALIAN RED CROSS SOCIETY (obverse)
Figure of man serving a tennis ball to right (reverse)
Shape: round
Material: Silver-plated Bronze
Issued By: Australian Red Cross Society, Victoria, Australia
Mint: K. G. Luke (Mint)
References: Car. A/13

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