The Australian Comforts Fund (ACF)
issue honours the service men and women, past and present, who have made history behind and beyond the battlefields.
The reverse was designed by Wojciech Pietranik and shows two soldiers
with the ACF logo. The
reads AUSTRALIA REMEMBERS AUSTRALIAN COMFORT FUND. The obverse features
an Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II, right-facing and crowned. It also contains the
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2014.
The ACF was founded by Australian women's groups at the beginning of World War I.
(Deborah Tout-Smith, 2003)
Their goal was to provide Australian Soldiers serving overseas with some small luxuries to supplement their existing
rations and more simply provide some comfort and support. These luxuries included food, tobacco, and even socks, which were
knitted on mass before being shipped to the trenches. One of their most famous initiatives was the dispatching of Christmas
Hampers, often including plum pudding, cake, razor blades, and other goods donated by the public. During World War II the
ACF dispatched more than 1.5 million of these Christmas hampers.
(Hannah Denadic, 2011)
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