Historical information

When a visitor came through the main hospital entrance there was a collection box on the turnstile and a porter in attendance.6 pence or some other coins was the fee charged for visitors.

Significance

This donation box is significant as it relates to an era of fundraising before government assistance and the Alfred Foundation Department.

Physical description

A timber box with lid. Red maltese cross painted on the lid with a slit across for coin donation. In front of the box is a key hole and ALFRED HOSPITAL painted in white over a red background. Varnish has worn off around the box.

Inscriptions & markings

REMEMBER THE SICK above the maltese cross and ALFRED HOSPITAL below.
ALFRED HOSPITAL in white over red background.