State Library of South Australia

The South Australian Red Cross Information Bureau Collection Exhibition

Date: 14 January 2016 to 27 March 2016

Time: 10am to 5pm

Location: Institute Gallery, Institute Building, Corner North Terrace and Kintore Ave

Note: Free, open daily (except public holidays)

South Australian Red Cross Information Bureau Collection
South Australian Red Cross Information Bureau Collection

Showing alongside The Right to Know exhibition, for the first time, is a selection of original correspondence between families and the South Australian Red Cross Information Bureau.

From 1916 until 1919, the Bureau researched more than 8,000 enquiries from family and friends of missing Australians fighting in World War 1. Packets were created for each inquiry and contained:

  • information about the soldier
  • letters from the requesting family
  • eyewitness statements about the soldier's last known whereabouts and
  • in most cases, the resulting information on the fate of the soldier, expressed to the enquirer.

This exhibition outlines the history of the Bureau and how these valuable records came to be part of the State Library's digitised collection. Also featured are the stories of five South Australians who served in World War 1 and how the Bureau helped their families uncover what happened to their loved one.

Discover more about these stories and others in this historic collection of correspondence available on the South Australian Red Cross Information Bureau website.

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