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An archive of humanity

The Red Cross is one of Australia’s best-known and most loved voluntary organisations. To commemorate its centenary, and as part of a national process termed a ‘gift to the nation’, the NSW Division of the Australian Red Cross donated its archive to the State Library of NSW in 2014. Since then, our librarians and volunteers have been busy documenting the collection on the online catalogue. 

The Library is honoured to be the custodian of this collection which is stored in 665 boxes.

Some of the unique objects from this collection are now on display at the Library, including:

Feeding cup

The Red Cross ran nearly 20 hospitals and convalescent homes in NSW during world war I and II and used special feeding cups to serve liquids to patients who could not sit up in bed. (image)

Anzac Buffet collecting tin

During both world wars, the Red Cross set up and operated the Anzac Buffet in Sydney. The volunteers (mostly women) provided free meals and entertainment to servicemen and their families 7 days a week from 10am-10pm. The tin was used to collect donations.

1 June – 17 July 2018

Opening hours 

Find the Red Cross Archive display on LG1, opposite the Glasshouse and adjacent to the eastern entrance to the Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room.


Learn more about the Red Cross here.