Bag, St. John & Red Cross ; unknown maker; 1939-1945; MT1998.154.13


Bag, St. John & Red Cross

About this object

Bag; a flower-patterned 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.


unknown maker

Maker Role

dress maker

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Medium and Materials

processed material, textile

Inscription 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' (with both a st. john and a red cross symbol)


l 330mm x w 280mm

Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords

military/world war two

Credit Line

From the collection of the Mataura and Districts Historical Society Incorporated.

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