History

Today’s contemporary organisation is founded on a long and proud heritage which can be traced back to the days of the first Crusades when the Knights of St John, also known as Hospitallers, cared for sick and injured pilgrims travelling to Jerusalem some 900 years ago.

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. 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.

The movement spread to Australia in 1883 and has since developed into the organisation 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

To learn more about the order of St John please visit The Order of St John website.

The Order of St John

This brief publication helps distinguish between St John Ambulance and The Venerable Order of St John.

Understanding the Most Venerable Order of St John and the Order's relationship to St John Ambulance Volunteers


Historical Society, Museum and Research Centre

Our long and proud history is promoted by the St John Historical Society of SA. This group meets monthly and has established a Museum and Research Centre of St John memorabilia.

 

Monthly Historical Society newsletter 

May 2017 Henry Robert Silvester 


2014

February

The Vad Scheme

March

How did 'St John Ambulance' get it's Name? 

April

Professor Esmarch's Lectures 

May

  The Remarkable Lady Brassey 

June

  The Vajen Head Protector 

July

  William Shakespeare & St John Ambulance 

August

  The Peasants' Revolt 

September

  Dr. H H E Russell 

October

  Another St John 

November

  La Sacra Infermeria 

December

  A Fable

 

 

2013
 

February

Super Sid

 

March

Happy Anniversary! 900 Years!

 

April

The Pipe of Peace

 

May

Honor Morris and Her 'Care of the Sick'

 

June

Hon. Alfred Muller Simpson MLC

 

July

 When was the first First Aid Administered?

 

August

 The Ambulance Cross

 

September

 Two Pieces of Stone

 

October

 Frances Wright

 

November

 St John Opthalmic Hospital

 

December

 MAPPA MUNDI

 

 

2012

February

The Centenary Plate

March

 Two Surgeons of the Adelaide No. 2 Nursing Division

April

 The Service medal of the Order of St John

May

St John's Wort

June

Governor Hindmarsh and His Links to St John

July

Sparklet Bulbs

August

 The Triangular Bandage

September

 Angaston Cadet Camp

October

 Surgeon-Major Peter Shepherd

November

 The First Chief Commissioner in Australia

December

 Historical Snakebite Treatmets

 

2011

 Click here to read all of the Historical Happenings from 2011