Australian Red Cross centenary (19.08.2014)

Written on the 19 August 2014

Ms CROZIER (Southern Metropolitan) -- On 13 August 1914, nine days after the outbreak of World War I, the Australian branch of the British Red Cross was formed.

Celebration of the centenary was marked last Wednesday by a foundation day event at Government House.

The patron of Australian Red Cross Victoria, Mrs Chernov, wife of the Governor of Victoria, His Excellency the Honourable Alex Chernov, hosted a reception in the Government House ballroom. It was a fitting venue as it was Lady Helen Munro Ferguson, wife of the then Governor-General, who turned the ballroom at Government House into a workshop for Red Cross at the outbreak of war.

At the foundation day reception 24 Victorian branches of Red Cross were recognised for their continuous service since the formation of Red Cross in 1914, an extraordinary effort by members of those branches and their local communities. I acknowledge and congratulate all the branches that achieved that significant milestone and in particular the Brighton branch of Red Cross in my electorate of Southern Metropolitan Region. I also acknowledge a book written by Melanie Oppenheimer, The Power of Humanity, which details the contributions made by so many Australians and their stories within Red Cross The book not only focuses on the history of Red Cross but also on how the organisation has evolved over the past century. It is a terrific publication.

Finally, I urge all members to attend the signing of an honour board in Queens Hall on Thursday morning honouring the centenary of one of Australia's most recognised organisations.

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