In the Nineteenth Century a group of citizens revived the Order of St John in England, drawing their inspiration from the example of the Knights of St John who in medieval times, offered care and shelter for pilgrims and crusaders. St John Ambulance was subsequently formed to put its humanitarian ideals into practice in the new industrial society, promoting the cause of first aid for the sick and wounded through volunteer effort—a novel concept at the time and a much-needed one.
The movement spread to Australia in 1883 and has since developed into the organisation that we know today. The work of the Order of St John is carried out in many countries around the world. St John is a Royal Order of Chivalry with the Queen as its Sovereign Head.
St John Historical Society membership
To become a member of your State/Territory Historical Society, please download and complete the Membership Application form. The form should be sent to your State/Territory Membership Officer, listed here.
The Journal of the St John Ambulance Historical Society of Australia.
St John History appears annually and aims to report on the Society's important developments and events. As the Society's principal publication, it is distributed to all financial members. Included in each edition of the Journal are the papers delivered to the Society's most recent history seminar that takes place each year during the St John Ambulance Australia annual convention.
Correspondence about articles in the Journal should be directed to the Editor, Dr Ian Howie-Willis: