ACF gives and can keep on giving!

Unit Australian Comforts Fund
Accession Number ARTV06426
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 101.5 x 76.4 cm
Object type Poster
Physical description lithograph on paper
Maker Unknown
Australian Comforts Fund
Place made Australia
Date made c 1940-1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Second World War Australian Comforts Fund poster, depicting defence force members reciving gifts from a giant pair of hands. The Australian Comforts Fund was re-established on 9 January 1940. Based on its First World War predecessor, the fund raised money for comfort parcels for Australian service personnel in the field, clothing and the provision of meals and accommodation for personnel on leave. The Australian Comforts Fund (ACF) was first formed in August 1916 from a number of individual state based organisations that had been created at the beginning of World War I to send comfort to the troops. Many local women's groups formed early in the war to provide various 'luxury items' to supplement the Australian soldier's army rations and personal kit. The Australian Comforts Fund quickly grew into a fundraising, collecting, sorting and distributing machine which rivalled the scope of the Red Cross. At the conclusion of World War I, the ACF officially dissolved. However it was revived in 1939 with the outbreak of World War II to provide comforts to a new generation of soldiers. It ceased operation again on 27 June 1946.