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Emergency Services, Australian Red Cross Victoria


In the 1920s, the Victorian Division increasingly moved into civil emergencies, such as bush fire relief, floods and the influenza epidemic, using pre-existing services such as the Volunteer Motor Corps. Having served in World War I, plans were also made for the Voluntary Aid Detachments to come under the Australian Defence Department in the event of war or national emergency. Around 1928, the Victorian Council appointed a specific Sub-Committee for emergency and relief work, and bushfire assistance was given to Tasmania. In the Depression, the Victorian Division assisted in State Relief, and branches offered support. The Division's emergency response is planned in advance and co-ordinated with the Victorian authorities, particularly the State Emergency Service.

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  • MacKay, Vivienne (1906 - 2000)

    Representative on National Council c. 1948 to 1958. In 1958 - 1965, she headed up the Red Cross Service Companies, Representative Major Disasters Committee 1960-1961. Representative on Fire Prevention Week Committee 1968-1969

Archival resources

Australian Red Cross Victoria Archives

  • The Archive & Heritage Collection of the Australian Red Cross; Australian Red Cross Victoria (1914 - ); Australian Red Cross Victoria Archives. Details

Penny Robinson

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