Centenary of the Lilydale Branch of the Australian Red CrossPrint Page
A plaque commemorates the centenary of the Lilydale Branch of the Australian Red Cross from 1914 to 2014.
|Address:||Castella Street, Lilydale Athenaeum, Lilydale, 3140|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -37.755838|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||13-August-1914|
|Actual Event End Date:||13-August-2014|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Wednesday 13th August, 2014|
Centenary of the Lilydale Branch of the Australian Red Cross
On Thursday August 13th, 1914, an enthusiastic meeting was held in the Athenaeum Hall to form a Lilydale branch of the Red Cross Society. On the same day a meeting was held at Government House Melbourne by the wife of Governor-General, Lady Helen Munro-Ferguson, to form an Australian Brnach of the British Red Cross Society, making the Lilydale branch one of the oldest in Australia.
The first commitee of the Lilydale branch including Mrs Syme as Vice-President, Mrs Deschamps as Treasurer, Miss Taylor as Secretary and elected unanimously to the position of President was Madame Nellie Melba, the famous opera singer who lived nearby at Coldstream. Soon after Melba held the first of her many wartime concerts in this hall as a fund raiser for the Lilydale Red Cross. She would go on to raise more money for the Red Cross than any other individual during the First World War and would be made a `Dame of the British Empire` for her efforts.
Durign World War One Lilydale women toiled for the Red Cross in the Athenaeum Hall, raising money, preparing medical supplies and clothing for the soldiers, and also putting together thousands of parcels of small luxuries such as soap, tobacco and fruit cakes for the sick and wounded boys overseas and in hospitals in Australia.
Unveiled August 13th, 2014 by members of the Branch of the Australian Red Cross