A commitment to service

Rita Richards interviewed Nance Bynon from Devonport (and before that Smithton) in Tasmania.

Nance was born at Williamsford on the west coast. Her dad was a miner and her mother helped with the Red Cross when they came to look after the children. Nance is 91 and until breaking her hip three years ago has lived for Red Cross in the north west.

Rita: How and when did you become involved with Australian Red Cross?
Nance: My mother joined at Waritah in Tasmania. That's when I first became interested, but I didn't joint until I became a VAD in the second world war, part of nursing Victoria.

What positions did you hold and what was your role in the Red Cross?
I have been in the Tasmanian Red Cross for many years and was president of Devonport and secretary of Smithton for a short while. I helped to run the opportunity shop in Edwards Street Devonport, and was on the mobile blood service rounds on the west and north coasts. I was also a community visitor at the nursing home here and many more.

Do you have any special memories of Red Cross and your time there?
Too many to remember!

How important is Red Cross to you?
It was to me my all, my husband and I had no children so as he was away a lot with his work, I had the Red Cross.

What kind of stories would you like to see in the book of Australian Red Cross?
I would like to hear stories about their work during the war years.

Nance Bynon

Story by Nance Bynon