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Australia Publication Looks Back on Elvis' Contributions to Port Kembla Hospital

January 23, 2013

Aussie fans may remember a time in 1968 when a gold Cadillac made its way to Port Kembla hospital. Australia's first charity, The Benevolent Society, is celebrating 200 years and Illawarra Mercury looks back on the king's humanitarian efforts down under.

Although it was July, the souped-up caddy arrived with thousands of dollars worth of toys from Elvis, wrapped in gold. With 40 coats of diamond dust and fish scales, the caddy featured $10,000 worth of gold including a lounge, television, phone, and more. Port Kembla hospital was one of 40 stops that raised over $150,000 for The Benevolent Society and local charities. Elvis was also made "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," said Director Anne Hollonds.

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