AMERICAN RED CROSS SERVICE CLUB
CENTENARY HOUSE, CNR EXHIBITION
AND LITTLE COLLINS STREETS
MELBOURNE, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA
DURING WW2

 

The American Red Cross Headquarters was located in Centenary House on the corner of Exhibition Street and Little Collins Street, Melbourne between 1942 and 1944. The building is now partly owned by the Liberal Party as their Victorian Headquarters.

An article in the Melbourne paper "The Argus" of 28 April 1945, it mentioned that furniture was being taken from the American Red Cross Service Club in Exhibition Street after three years of occupation. It was being taken away in US Army trucks to the 8th floor of 401 Collins Street where the American Red Cross Field Office was to carry on its operations. This was in offices which once comprised a portion of General Douglas MacArthur's General Headquarters, Southwest Pacific Area, GHQ SWPA. Miss Elinor Donner, ARC Field Director and her staff continued with their welfare work and counselling particularly among the wives and fiancées of American servicemen.

 


Photo:- via Bruce Buchan

American Red Cross Service Club, 114 Exhibition Street, Melbourne

 


Photo:- Peter Dunn 

The same corner in February 2005

 


Photo:- via Art Houseman

1st Sgt Dean and Uhlig of the 4th Air Depot Group standing outside
the American Red Cross Service Club, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

 


Photo:- Peter Dunn 

The same location in February 2005

 


Photo:- via Bruce Buchan

The American Red Cross Service Club

 


Photo:- Jack Heyn

Monica Lynch, an American Red Cross worker at the American Red Cross club

 


Photo:- Monica Lynch

Monica Lynch outside in Exhibition Street, Melbourne. You can see the
Australian Comforts Fund building across the road in the background.
Note the clock in the background and refer to the photo below.

 


Photo:- Bruce Buchan

Centenary House today. The Main entrance can be seen at the right of the
photo. Is that the same clock which can be seen in the side street.

 


Photo:- Bruce Buchan

The same location approximately 60 years later

 


Photo:- Peter Dunn 

The balcony approximately 60 years later

 


Photo:- Peter Dunn 

The foyer of the former American Red Cross Service Club in February 2005

 


Photo:- Bruce Buchan

Inside Centenary House in 2004

 


Photo:- Bruce Buchan

Centenary House in 2004

 


Photo:- Bruce Buchan

Inside Centenary House in 2004

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Jack Heyn, Art Houseman and Bruce Buchan for their assistance with this home page.

I'd also like to thank Edward F. Kickham and Kathy Kickham who are both children of Monica Lynch for their assistance with this web page.

 

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