World War I Red Cross apron, worn by Elizabeth (Betty) Anderson of Kew.

Betty (Elizabeth) was the daughter of James Caldwell Anderson and Mary Lloyd Anderson, and grand-daughter of renowned architect Lloyd Tayler. Born in 1889, Betty was one of four siblings, all of whom she outlived. The family lived at 'Mynda', 5 Molesworth Street, Kew, Melbourne. Betty served with the Red Cross, apparently as a Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) nurse during World War I, although details are confined to this Red Cross apron and a photograph. She never married, and lived to the age of 92, passing away in 1982.

Physical Description

Long white cotton nurse's apron with red cross on bib; low calf length. Shoulder straps button to waist at back. Buttons originally cloth-covered (now with cloth losses). Single pocket proper right side below waist. Round neckline torn to form V shape. Cotton tape sewn to inside waistband has name hand-written on it. Extensive foxing throughout, and several separate brown stains on front.

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