Artist: Leonie Brennan

Design: Tina Hardy Nelson

Artist: Pam Jones

Design: Pam Jones

Artist: Bev Jones

Design: Bev Jones

Artist: Leonie Brennan

Design: Tina Hardy Nelson

Memory Box Program

The Memory Box Artist Program began in the US in 1998 as a volunteer effort to provide keepsake boxes for families of infants who pass away. A Memory Box is given to the parents of the child so that they don’t leave the hospital without some representation of the child’s life. The box is a place to store cherished memories such as wristbands, footprints, certificates and the like.

It didn’t take long for the Program to come to Australia. All of the Memory Boxes are provided to the participating hospitals free of charge. Each box is lovingly created by volunteer painters who donate their time, their talents and all of the materials. The boxes are seen as a way for the artists to express their creativity while providing comfort to families in their time of need.

The FDAA & its members have supported the program for many years by:

  1. conducting Memory Box Painting Days,
  2. providing suitable MDF boxes for members to paint free of charge ($10 refundable deposit),
  3. delivering Memory Boxes to local hospitals, and
  4. promoting the Helen Ovens Perpetual Trophy biannually.

Getting Involved

You can get involved with the program by joining a Memory Box Painting Day or by painting your own box at home and in your own time.

You can find more information about the program at the links below:

Australian Memory Boxes Program

Tole Friends Memory Box Program

Paper Mache Boxes as recommended by the Australian Memory Box Program are available for purchase online at Lefty's Online Store:

Lefty's Online Store

Contact Details


Memory Box Painting Days

In order to maintain a supply of Memory Boxes regular painting days are held. Members are welcome to organise a day themselves or be part of a painting day when gazetted, to paint a Memory Box themselves or to just background a box, every little bit helps. A great day for getting to know other FDAA members and enjoy some great conversation whilst painting for a worthwhile cause.

Individually Organising Your Day

  • Gather some painting friends, make a day of it and bring a plate for lunch
  • Select your choice of pattern - Maternity units in NSW recommend more adult patterns avoiding depictions of angels, babies or birds with chicks or eggs
  • The FDAA provides suitable wooden boxes for a $10 refundable deposit (on return of painted box to a meeting or a Committee member)
  • Add that special touch to your memory box by including a verse
  • There are patterns and applicable verses to include in your painting from the Tole Friends Free Memory Box Patterns website.

Downloads - Free Memory Box Patterns

The below patterns are from our biannual Helen Ovens Perpetual Trophy. They would be a good starting place for any first time memory box painter.

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