Australian Red Cross 'Gift to the Nation' Collection

On Tuesday 3 December 2019 the University of Melbourne Archives (UMA) celebrated the conclusion of the official transfer to the University of the Australian Red Cross collection, 'Gift to the Nation'. The transfer was an enormous undertaking spanning five years and involved the rehousing and listing of the collection.

Gwenda Thomas, Director Scholarly Services and University Librarian, acknowledged the gift and noted that the selfless acts that have resulted in these records are the real gifts of the Australian Red Cross. Garry Nolan, Vice-Chair, Australian Red Cross Victorian Advisory Board, also spoke about the importance of the project for the Victorian and Australian Red Cross. A group of extraordinarily committed volunteers were also acknowledged for their individual contributions to the project.

The UMA holds records of both the Australian Red Cross National Office and the Victorian Division of the Australian Red Cross. Details of the collection can be found on the UMA's online catalogue.

 (L-R) Gwenda Thomas,  Garry Nolan and Marilyn Rudd, daughter of WW2 veteran Bill Rudd who sponsored the digitization of 60,000 missing, wounded and prisoner of war inquiry cards that were gifted as part of the Australian Red Cross collection

Image: (L-R) Gwenda Thomas,  Garry Nolan and Marilyn Rudd, daughter of WW2 veteran Bill Rudd who sponsored the digitization of 60,000 missing, wounded and prisoner of war inquiry cards that were gifted as part of the Australian Red Cross collection