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A Lacebark tree planted in 1959 commemorates the centenary of the Red Cross.
Jean Henri Dunant was a Swiss businessman and social activist. During a business trip in 1859, he was witness to the aftermath of the Battle of Solferino in modern day Italy. He recorded his memories and experiences in the book A Memory of Solferino which inspired the creation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in 1863.
Dunant arrived on Solferino on the evening of June 24, 1859, on the same day a battle between the two sides had occurred nearby. Thirty-eight thousand wounded, dying and dead, remained on the battlefield, and there appeared to be little attempt to provide care. Shocked, Dunant himself took the initiative to organize the civilian population, especially the women and girls, to provide assistance to the injured and sick soldiers.
They lacked sufficient materials and supplies, and Dunant himself organized the purchase of needed materials and helped erect makeshift hospitals. He convinced the population to service the wounded without regard to their side in the conflict as per the slogan "Tutti fratelli" (All are brothers) coined by the women of nearby city Castiglione delle Stiviere.
|Address:||Fraser Avenue, Kings Park & Botanic Garden , Kings Park , 6005|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -31.961244|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Approx. Event Start Date:||1859|
|Approx. Event End Date:||1959|
|Approx. Monument Dedication Date:||1959|
HENRY GREIG, Esq., M.B.E., J.P.
Chairman, West Australian Division
THE RED CROSS
1859 - 1959