1916-03-01, English, Article, Journal or magazine article edition: Junior Red Cross Society. (1 March 1916) Australian Red Cross Society. New South Wales Division.

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Junior Red Cross Society. (1 March 1916)
 
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Title
  • Junior Red Cross Society. (1 March 1916)
Appears In
  • The N.S.W. Red Cross record, v.2, no.3, 1916-03-01, p.10
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  • Australian Red Cross Society. New South Wales Division.
Published
  • xna, The Division, 1916-03-01
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  • 2504 words
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  • The N.S.W. Red Cross record
  • Vol. 2, no. 3 (March 1916)
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  • Junior Red Cross Society. Patroness, The Lady Edeline Strickland; President, Mrs. Wilfrid Docker, “Nyrambla,” Darlinghurst Road; Hon. Sec., Miss Bode, Box 1360, G.P.O. ; Hon. Treas., Mrs. N. A. Thompson, Littlebridge, Ultimo. OBJECTS OF THE JUNIOR RED CROSS SOCIETY. To teach girls from the age of 14 years:— First Aid, St. John Ambulance Course, Flag Signalling, Life Saving, water and otherwise, Camp Cooking with improvised utensils. Our Patroness, Lady Edeline Strickland, writes:—l have much pleasure in expressing my aproval of the work of the Junior Red Cross Society. It gives a grand field for national work to all young women, and they have my warm sympathy. EDELINE STRICKLAND. State Government House, August 20th, 1914. I feel it is most important to make good citizens, wives and mothers of the girls of the community. The result so far has justified the work done. A. M. DOCKER, President. Speaker, House of Commons : —The Speaker of the House of Commons delivered an address at Penrith, last night, on the formation of voluntary aid detachments under the British Red Cross Society. Mr. Lowther said people might pooh-pooh the idea of an invasion, but it was sometimes the unexpected that happened. pened. It was true we had a magnificent Navy, but it might not always be in the expected pected position. It was best to be prepared, and they must prepare in times of peace. The State could not do all that some people expected, pected, and it was well to supplement what the State did by voluntary efforts of that kind. The Board of Control of the Junior Red shall be used for special purposes—such as helping blinded soldiers, providing suites in hospitals, sending foodstuffs for hospitals in Egypt, fitting up convalescent homes, in special district in the State; in so many ways do these generous helpers of ours endeavour to make the lot of our wounded men easier. The sympathy with the work of the Society is unbounded —every day—almost one could say every hour —fresh evidence is forthcoming of how the heart of the people is with the Red Cross, from the poor old mothers and fathers uncertain of the fate of their sons, who, coming in to ask for the assistance in searching ing for news they have now learned is never withheld, who when they have explained their needs to the ever-sympathetic ears murmur “you know we trust the Red Cross," to the casual man in the street of whom some slight service is demanded, or question asked. Go anywhere you will now and ask a questionsome some little piece of information needed perhaps, haps, or maybe a direction to some not well known locality, and you will meet with very scant courtesy, but just mention those two little words, “Red Cross," and immediately you have the attention of your listener, and all the assistance he can give you. It is a quite intangible “something" which those two small words can do; but they are the “open sesame" to every heart, bar none—no case has yet been met with in this State at any rate, where the words “Red Cross" were not sufficient cient to obtain for the speaker every assistance in the power of him of whom it was asked. PRODUCE DEPOT. Directors—Mrs. MacKinnon, Mrs. Mackay, Mrs. R. Sly. Committee—The Directors, Miss Monie, Miss Higman, Mrs. Creed, Mrs. Lane-Mullins, Mrs. A. R. Jocelyne, Mr. R. M. Pontey, Miss Mugliston. liston. The Produce Depot has now a fine home in Terranora Buildings, Reiby Lane, through the kindness of Mr. Rofe. It is most comfortable, and each department has a fine, airy room to itself, and plenty of room for storage. In one room valentines are piled high on tables, and are coming in such numbers that one sees the Directors’ secretary’s table will soon be engulphed. In another the “Record" flourishes, and a flavour of “mild Capstan" and other fine tobaccos is felt in the air. A huge packing room, with presses for goods from “our gift evenings" from country branches, and a corner for “nurses’ comforts" completes the depot. This depot will always be the centre for all tobacco, tinned foods, everything except the perishables, which should go to Ash Street. Home-made Jam. —Since Christmas 20 cases of jam have been received from Hay. Singleton sends a case every other week ready for export From Mrs. Vessey, of Epping, two cases ready for export have been received. Jam has also been received from Condobolin, Gloucester, Miss Dunn, and we have had several small lots. Every day a number of small donations of eggs are left at this depot. Singleton sends small lots weekly. Miss Macdonald, of Brocklesby, lesby, collects them, but on account of hot weather and the long time in transit, the eggs are sold and proceeds sent to the depot. Baskets of fresh vegetables are brought in. These are sent to the different Home Hospitals, where fresh vegetables are very much appreciatd. ciatd. Since Christmas large donations of groceries have been received from numerous different branches. These gifts are sent to our Home Hospitals, and also on board the transports. Each ship receives three to six cases of groceries. ceries. The O.C. of a transport about to leave visited this depot last week. He said the cases sent on board the transports are invaluable, and told us how, when landing at Anzac to pick up the wounded, they were in need of Bovril. Finding ing two or three bottles left from our cases, he gave them to the doctor, who said it saved the lives of several men. Large donations of groceries have been received ceived from the following Branches ;—Cundleton, ton, Nyngan, South Woodburn, Kyogle, Bathurst, Oaklands, South Ashfield, Newcastle, West Milby, Boombi, Scone. Several smaller donations have also been received. Nurses’ comforts are still being packed every Wednesday and Friday. Every week the requisitions are received from the different Home Hospitals. These are fulfilled filled and sent away every Friday. In all, about 30 cases of goods each week. The value of goods amounts to about ,£3OO per month. Nine cases of fruit are sent weekly by the Municipal Fruit Markets, and this is a gift of inestimable value to the invalids in Home Hospitals. BOOK DEPOT. The Red Cross Depot for the receipt of books, magazines, etc., to be sent to our soldiers in Egypt and home hospitals is as busy a place as one could wish to see. All books and magazines received are covered in neat, cool brown covers and marked with the Red Cross and look very inviting. Books and magazines too dilapidated to treat in such a manner are sold, and the fund thereby benefited. fited. When ready the books are packed in cases, well assorted, which also include games and playing cards. Energetic workers are greatly encouraged by such letters as the following;—• One soldier writing from the troopship, says: “On behalf of the troops on the ‘Boonah’ I wish to thank you most sincerely for your highly appreciated and thoughtful gifts of books and magazines. We trust that the knowledge that you have cheered our long days will, in some measure, reward you for your work on our behalf.” An extract from a letter from an Agent- General: “The papers sent by you, mentioned tioned in your letter of 12th November have arrived, and are now being distributed.” The following is an extract from a letter from a Chaplain on one of our troopships; “I write to tell you how heartily your books and games have been appreciated by the troops on board They have been a real blessing, giving the lads something to do during the many hours they have off. I must thank you and your good helpers very sincerely in the name of all on board. Even the officers come to my cabin for something to read. I issue the books and magazines through my cabin window every day, there is always a crowd waiting to change their books.” Our Agent-General also writes: “Referring to your telegram of 3rd, have made full inquiry, quiry, and receive numerous assurances that newspapers sent were much appreciated and welcomed by our wounded soldiers. Large number now recovered and remainder contemplated templated in fewer establishments, but sufficiently ciently numerous to justify sending further parcels. Illustrated weeklies preferred.” RED CROSS DEPOT FOR PERISHABLE GOODS. Mr. R. N. Pontey. The kindness of the executors of the Phillips Estate is again to the fore. Their fine building in Ash Street has been loaned to the Red Cressagain again for a depot for perishable goods. This will be at once a receiving and a distributing depot. In addition to the garden truck .and fruit which will be received there, Mrs. Creed will send up her jam and Mrs. Jocelyne her pickles,, that the Home Hospitals, Convalescent Homes,, sick and returned soldiers and sal lors. and. their wives and families may receive supplies. A V.A. detachment will be in attendance, and the general organization in the hands of Mr. Pontey. At the Amelioration Board, the Invalid, Board at the Barracks and at Randwick Hospital pital the men receive cards entitling them and their wives to a weekly supply. Mr. Pontey wants everybody to grow a Red Cross garden plot. You grow the vegetables for us. We will send you Red Closs labels on request. The goods travel free, and we distribute. bute. Send advice of all parcels sent to Red Cross Depot, No. 1 Ash Street, Sydney. “RED CROSS RECORD.” Editorial—Mrs. MacKinnon. Business —Miss Monie. Miss Monie was the recipient of a letter of thanks from the Executive for her admirable? work in connection with the business side of the “Record.” The net profit for the year wasover over ,£3OO. Miss Monie also has on hand the Red Cross; Cookery Book and the Red Cross Knitting; Book. The cookery book by Mrs. Lowe is a profitable able source of revenue, and it has been decided! by the Produce Committee that both it and the knitting book will be sold at wholesale ratesto to the Branches in order that they may receivethe the benefit of any profit. There is, perhaps, no phase of Red Cross; work more worthy of support than our little magazine, because through it we try to givesome some idea of the work of each department. Are you making it known to your friends; if not, wil! you do so? 9 i TOWN HALL SEWING GUILD. The Lady Mayoress, Mrs. Richards, Mrs- Alfred Lee. The Sewing Circle at the Town Hall is in full swing again after the holidays. The workers ers have returned in strong force with renewed; zeal, and their unflagging spirits during this hot weather speaks well for their patriotism, and the good work goes steadily forward. appreciations from our reports. Coonabarabran Branch says the January number of “The Red Cross Record’ ’is greatly .appreciated, the quiet hour page being a happy inclusion. Red Cross members may well be proud of their paper. It is helpful and inspiring to know what others are doing for the same •cause. • May I suggest that the Editor’s note to Branch Reports in the January number of “The Record” be reprinted and emphasised. Corimal says “The Record” is much appreciated preciated by our members. Wallerawang—With compliments and best wishes to “The Record” from our members for ig 16. RED CROSS SEWING GUILD. Sub-Committee Report. The Red Cross Sewing Guild at the Town Flail resumed work on February 7th. The firms who were good enough to supply materials, for morning and afternoon tea are -continuing to do so: —Messrs. Griffiths Bros., tea; Fresh Food and Ice Co., milk; Colonial Sugar Co., sugar; and Messrs. Arnott, Ltd., biscuits. The Singer Co. are kindly lending the machines. All the supervisors and workers who came last year have returned to work, and work is being carried on as it was during 1915. 286 ■ shirts, 4 T bandages, and 10 MT bandages have been made, besides alterations. RECEIVING AND PACKING DEPOT, WARWICK BUILDING. Director, Miss Egan. We received 508 cases and bales of clothing from the different Branches, and the enclosed is the tabulated form cf goods distributed. 1 hese totals represent goods sent to Egypt, transports, hospitals, arid convalescent homes, also kits given to returned wounded. The work is improving; goods excellent; and cur wants are towels (bath), dressing towels, unbleached calico 1 yard square, huckaback towels, ordinary size, 18 x 36. Goods sent out in January, 191 C; —Pyjamas, 1,472; shirts, 1,372; towels, 1,082; socks, 1,322; handkerchiefs, 582; underpants, 255; undervests, vests, 135; towels, 373;,,, Rashers, 1,110; soap, 1,113; cotton shirts, 136; cholera belts, 365; ih.w. bags, 17; dressing gowns, 22; glass towels, 246; dressing pads, 285; slippers, 268; packs of cards, 12; urinals, 100; dressing trays, 100; bedpans, pans, 88; dressing bowls, 88; bed-rests, 41; footrests, rests, 25; splints, 26; bandages, 44; lounge suits, 74; dressing sleeves, 12; hair brushes, 12; dressing ing towels, 80; bandages (MT) 80; bandages (T), 80; dressing gowns, 28; mosquito nets, 12; quilts, 35; s-heets, 118; bathing suits, 5 2 55 dressing aprons, 10; jug covers, 80; pillowslips, slips, 85; boot laces, 36; tooth brushes, 223; tooth paste, 127; marking ink, 12; nailbrushes, 24; sand shoes, 159; blankets, 24; pillows, 6; air pillow, 1; soft caps, 96; cotton hats, 96; cardigans, digans, 96. —Total, 12,800 articles. Also cotton, cotton wool, adhesive plaster, gauze, unbleached calico, cue tips, bachelor’s buttons, safety pins. ON THE TELEPHONE SWITCH. VOLUNTARY RED CROSS SERVICE. For nearly five months the Misses Angus, Broome, Yates (2), McDonald, and Atkinson have looked after the telephone switchboard at the Red Cross Rooms. Their work has been most satisfactory, and performed on the same business lines as the most exacting could wish for. During one morning lately, from 9.30 to 12.30, there were 102 calls. This gives some idea of the busy moments our voluntary girls put in. It has been a real object lesson to the beholders to see the difficulties which surround a telephone attendant, dant, and should make for patience in dealing with them outside. RED CROSS MEMBERSHIP. The total number of Red Cross Branches up to date is 356, but there are many which have not yet sent in their registrations. Twenty thousand membership cards have been sent out to the Branches, so to-day that is the actual membership of the Red Cross Society. We would like to point out the fact that much the larger portion is women. It is highly desirable to get members among the men. Membership gives them a feeling of interest terest and responsibility in an undertaking, and we want all the interest and help we can get. There are so many parts of our work in which men are sorely needed—carpentering, gardening, ing, and home production, and particularly in the practical side of suitably “placing” our returned turned men. Branch Secretaries will find any amount of men who will wear our Red Cross buttons with pride, and who will bring distinction tion to it.
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