Red Cross Toy Industry

Place Oceania: Australia, New South Wales, Sydney
Accession Number H11726
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Date made 1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Disabled soldiers making toys in the Red Cross toy industry. For those men recovering from their wounds, the opportunity to learn new skills provided them the opportunity to make a living post-war. The Red Cross Industries Depot in George Street in Sydney displayed handicraft items that included toys such as these pictured in the workshop, but also basketry, bead work, woodcarving and leatherwork. All profits went back to the soldiers and no charge was made to the men for their materials until they had received some payment for their articles, after which they were expected to buy their own supplies.