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Badge - Visit of the USA Naval Fleet, Australia, 1908 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 42188

Badge issued to commemorate the visit of the US Fleet to Australia in 1908. Prime Minister Alfred Deakin ignored Britain's concerns and established protocol when he invited the American fleet to visit. Sixteen warships arrived in Sydney harbour, welcomed by 80,000 spectators. Speeches were delivered, parties thrown and parades marched in honour of the occasion. As the fleet moved from port to port the welcome remained wildly enthusiastic. The visit was publicly associated with Australia's self-perception as a strong 'white' nation. The Lone Hand described the occasion: 'As a friendly hand across the Pacific comes to Australia - the Great White Fleet. In a flashing white it comes, as it were a symbol of a racial ideal to be upheld. Australia aspires but to hold her territory free and clean, in trust for the White Race. America's Pacific fleet helps to give us heart to hope that that ideal may be preserved.'
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 45 mm (Height), 23 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: immigration, white australia policy, great white fleet, international relations, united states fleet visit to melbourne 1908, united states navy
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Getting In, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 2003-2015
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: US Fleet Visit, 1908
Tertiary Classification: souvenirs
DateEra: 1908 AD
Obverse Description: Heart shaped badge with single bar at top. Badge has an image of a ship and is inscribed VISIT OF U.S.A. / NAVAL FLEET / TO AUSTRALIA 1908. The bar at the top of the badge is inscribed WELCOME
Shape: Heart
Issued By: Australia, 1908
Organisation Depicted: United States Navy (USN), United States of America, 1908

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