Fundraiser and volunteer
During the war, Florence Faithfull was president of the Goulburn, New South Wales, branch of the Red Cross Society.
The unmarried daughter of a prominent local family who owned the Springfield merino stud, Faithfull had long been a strong supporter of the local community. In 1914 alone, she donated £50 to the Patriotic Fund, £10 to the Regimental Comforts Fund, and gave items of children’s clothing to the Belgian Relief Fund. During the war, people contributed nearly £13.5 million to the different comfort funds.
Across Australia, women echoed Miss Faithfull’s efforts, knitting socks and mittens for soldiers and organising fundraising events. They took to the task with a patriotic fervour.