The Australian Red Cross established in 1914, as a branch of the British Red Cross, just nine days after the outbreak of war, celebrates its centenary this year.
Those who could not enlist volunteered their time and skills to the Australian Red Cross cause. These included many Mosman residents, such as Sir William Cullen and his wife, Eliza, and author, Ethel Turner.
Louise Mack donated the proceeds from the sale of her book A Woman’s Experiences in the Great War to the Red Cross and spent the rest of the war years touring the country to maintain awareness of the work of the Red Cross, which included listing missing and wounded soldiers.
Ellen Leahy, aunt of Sid and Dalton “Jack” Carroll, was foundation President of the Mosman Red Cross and was awarded the MBE for her work. Mary Lou has written of the concert parties hosted by the Mosman Red Cross to raise funds.