Cheer-Up Society cape

This cape was worn by Miss Golda Ellis of the Murray Bridge branch of the Cheer-Up Society. The Cheer-Up Society was a South Australian organisation that provided recreational facilities for Australian and Allied service personnel. Murray Bridge was a major railway station for soldiers in transit and the Cheer-Up Society provided welcome refreshments. Golda stitched the cloth badges of servicemen she met to her cape.

The ribbon for the Distinguished Conduct Medal awarded to Private (later Lieutenant) Oliver Neall of the 2/8th Battalion for gallantry at Tobruk is one of the badges on the cape. Golda married Oliver in 1943 before he left for New Guinea.

Cheer-Up Society cape - REL32369 Cheer-Up Society capeREL32369

Miss Golda Ellis at Murray Bridge Railway Station - P04243.006 Miss Golda Ellis at Murray Bridge Railway StationP04243.006

Cheer-Up Hut dance - P04264.004 Cheer-Up Hut danceP04264.004