Don’t applaud, throw money!

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During the First World War, those at ‘home’ did what they could to show support for the soldiers on active duty.

There were a variety of fundraising activities, such as the Grand Patriotic Carnival at Five Dock. Money raised would often be used to provide ‘comforts’ (little gifts) for the soldiers. Women and girls would knit socks for the soldiers, often including notes of support and encouragement to the soldiers. Bob Jeffery of Five Dock received a parcel at Christmas 1916 which included a pudding, jam and chocolates. Bob wrote back to nine year old Ethel Elliot who had sent the parcel and they continued writing to each other for the rest of their lives, although they never met until 1972.

The photograph, above, is a rare image of a concert held at the Five Dock School of Arts to raise funds for the Red Cross. Ena Jeffery (sister of Bob) recalled that as a young girl she sang, ‘Won’t you buy my pretty flowers’ at the concert. ‘I threw flowers from my basket to the audience and they in turn threw money on to the stage to help the Red Cross.’

Posted on March 22, 2015, in Five Dock, More than just a name and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Ena’s daughter, Christine commented:

    ‘My mother Ena was a Mezzo Soprano and although having no vocal tuition sang in the chorus with the visiting Monte Carlo Opera Company in the mid 1930s. I still have the program. Mum also played the violin and did a lot of pencil art work.
    Unfortunately I did not inherit these skills.’

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