Many of the key personnel in the London office of the Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Bureau were women from Victoria, trusted friends and acquaintances of Vera Deakin. There was Winifred Johnson, who travelled to Cairo with Vera Deakin at the outset, Lillian Whybrow from Melbourne and later, Miss Brotherton from Castlemaine.

Anna Mary Winifred Brotherton was a stalwart of the community, described as a ‘leader of thought in Castlemaine’. Prior to the war, she was a collector of plant specimens for Ferdinand Von Mueller, was involved in bringing university academics to lecture in Castlemaine, and in 1913 was instrumental in the foundation of the Castlemaine Art Museum.