Australian Comforts Fund. (1916-1920)

Also known as
Australian Comforts Fund.
Function
Voluntary organisation
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The Australian Comforts Fund was established in August 1916 to co-ordinate the activities of the state based patriotic funds, which were established earlier in World War I. Mainly run by women, they provided and distributed free comforts to the Australian 'fit' fighting men in all the battle zones. They became divisions of the Australian Comforts Fund. The Council of the Fund comprised two delegates from New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland and one from the states of Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania. The Executive headquarters was located in Sydney. It ceased operation on 10 April 1920 and was reconstituted in World War II in June 1940 and ceased operation again on 27 June 1946.

The state bodies in World War I were: New South Wales: the 'Citizens' 'War Chest' Fund; Queensland Patriotic Fund; South Australia: League of Loyal Women; Tasmania: 'On Active Service Fund'; Australian Comforts Fund, Victorian Division; Victoria League of Western Australia. During World War II the state bodies were called : The Lord Mayor's Patriotic and War Fund of New South Wales; the Australian Comforts Fund, Victorian Division; the Australian Comforts Fund, Queensland Division; the Australian Comforts Fund, Tasmanian Division; the Fighting Forces Comforts Fund SA Inc; the Victoria League Camp Comforts Fund ( W A ) Australian Comforts Fund commissioners conducted its activities in the field, holding honorary rank as officers of the Army or Air Force.

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Australian Women's Register

  1. Australian Comforts Fund
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. The History of the Australian Comforts Fund: being the official record of a voluntary civilian organisation which during the Great War (1914-1919) and until the return of all the Australian troops (1920) provided and distributed free comforts to the Australian fit fighting men in all the battle zones and in other ways alleviated the distress inevitable in war
    Bowden, Samuel H
    [Sydney]
    Published: Scotow and Presswell
  3. Proud story: the official history of the Australian Comforts Fund
    Jackson, C O Badham
    [Sydney]
    Published: F H Johnston Publishing Company
  4. Australian Comforts Fund papers, 1916-1919
    [1 box : 1916 - 1919]
    Series: Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales
    Contains shipping reports, January 1917- October 1918; lists of cases distributed to Australian units stationed in the United Kingdom, January 1917- November 1918; France, January 1916 - March 1917; Egypt, December 1916 - January 1919; summary statements of distributions to various Australian forces, January - June 1917; miscellaneous correspondence and reports, December 1917 - January 1919.
    MLMSS 142
  5. NCW Victoria presents a mobile unit to the Australian Comforts Fund, 1943
    [1943]
    Series: Australian War Memorial - http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/141967/
    Mrs Tilley, President of the National Council of Women of Victoria, presenting a mobile unit to the Australian Comforts Fund. Mrs Herbert Brookes accepts the unit on behalf of the Australian Comforts Council. Melbourne, Victoria. 3 November 1943.

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  1. Proud story : the official history of the Australian Comforts Fund / by C.O. Badham Jackson
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    [ Book : 1949 ]
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  4. The Australian gift book : comprising a summary of work done by the Australian Comforts Funds at the front, Anzac and Mudros, at the camps in Egypt with a summary of gifts and statement of accounts / a limited number to sell at 3/- or 15 P.T. in aid ...
    Beit, William
    [ Book : 1916 ]
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    The Australian gift book : comprising a summary of work done by the Australian Comforts Funds at the front, Anzac and Mudros, at the camps in Egypt with a summary of gifts and statement of accounts / a limited number to sell at 3/- or 15 P.T. in aid of the A.C.F. / edited by William Beit
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  8. Australian Comforts Fund gift diary
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    [ Book : 1919 ]
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  9. The Australian serviceman's pocket book : containing useful information for Australian servicemen / edited by William Keays
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    [ Book : 1945 ]
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  10. Australian Comfort's Fund : what it is and does / Victorian Division : Lady Mayoress's Patriotic League
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    [ Book : 1915-1920 ]
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