Remember this? Elvis at Port Kembla Hospital

It was like Christmas in July to Port Kembla kids in 1968, but instead of Santa's sleigh laden with gifts it was a gold Cadillac rolling in presents from The King.

Elvis' Caddy, which stopped at Port Kembla hospital one day in 1968.

Elvis' Caddy, which stopped at Port Kembla hospital one day in 1968.

Hundreds of underprivileged kids around Australia shared in thousands of dollars worth of toys from Elvis, delivered wrapped in gold.

The Cadillac was painted with 40 coats of diamond dust and fish scales, and had $10,000 worth of gold equipment, including a lounge, a television, a telephone, an electric boot-polisher, plus a refreshment bar with an ice-maker and refrigerator.

Port Kembla's hospital was one of 40 stops on the fund-raising tour that raised $150,000 for The Benevolent Society and other local charities.

After the tour, Elvis was made a "life governor" of the society.

"Of all the interesting and unusual stories The Benevolent Society can tell about our 200 year history, the story of Elvis' Gold Cadillac tour is one that really captures people's imagination - much like the man himself did," The Benevolent Society head Anne Hollonds said.

To celebrate its 200th anniversary, the society is asking the community to share memories of Australia's first charity.

"We've already made available online a collection of historical photographs, stories and documents that paint a picture of the changing face of the Australians who have supported us and those we've supported over the past 200 years - and we'd love to add to it," Ms Hollonds said.

If you have a photo to add or a story to tell, go to for information about how to share it.


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