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Blood in bottles? Welcome to the 1960s!

Tuesday 17th Nov 2015

With only a week remaining until the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood relocates to its new, state-of-the-art donor centre; the soon to be vacated Shepparton donor centre in Victoria has received a blast from the past.

Celebrating Shepparton’s long history of blood donation, the Lifeblood has partnered with the Mooroopna Historical Society to send off the Fryer’s street centre in style – with a fun blood donation ‘throw-back’.

Shepparton was home to the world’s first direct blood transfusion service during the Second World War, and in 1946 became the first regional centre in Victoria to have its own Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service.

To highlight how far blood donation has come, a Shepparton staff member donned an original Red Cross nurse uniform from the 1960’s and posed with one of the glass collection bottles used in the same era.

The new $1.45 million Shepparton Donor Centre - located on Corio Street, with entry via the Vaughan Street carpark, will open its doors to donors on Monday 28 September.