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Australian Red Cross donates archives to Melbourne Uni

Photographs, records and other objects from the Australian Red Cross national and Victorian archives and heritage collection have been donated to the University of Melbourne Archives (UMA), reports the Age.

Australian Red Cross CEO Robert Tickner told the Age that the organisation ‘could no longer afford to maintain our extensive archives, so we decided to make this donation as a gift to the nation’.

The collection is the largest single donation the UMA has ever received and includes the Australian Red Cross’ minutes and annual reports, publications and newsletters, WWII prisoner-of-war index cards, training records and handbooks, and film, audio and audio visual items.

‘The University of Melbourne is honoured to accept this archive as a significant piece of Australia’s social history worth preserving and sharing with future generations,’ said archivist Katrina Dean.

The Australian Red Cross celebrates its centenary this year.

 

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