Bag, St. John & Red Cross ; unknown maker; 1939-1945; MT1998.154.9
Bag, St. John & Red CrossAbout this object
Bag; a blue draw-string cloth bag, with St. John/Red Cross patch sewn on front. The National Office of New Zealand Red Cross tell us it is from a parcel sent to sick and wounded soldiers during World War Two. At the time New Zealand Red Cross and the Order of St John worked together as a Joint Council. At Christmas a special effort was made to see that every man in hospital or convalescent home received what was termed a 'Christmas Stocking'.
A total of 14,680 stockings were made and they usually contained a pocket wallet of leather, cigarettes or cigarette tobacco, tissue papers, toothpaste, shaving soap, mirror, razor blades, chocolate, handkerchiefs, socks and reading material.
dress makerDate Made
processed material, textileInscription and Marks
printed on patch: 'A Gift / With Best Wishes from / The Joint Council of the Order / of St. John and / The New Zealand Red Cross Society / PROVIDED OUT OF MONEYS FROM PATRIOTIC FUNDS.' (with both a St. John and a Red Cross symbol)Measurements
l 365mm x w 240mm
From the collection of the Mataura and Districts Historical Society Incorporated.Object Type