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Badge - Munitions Worker, Australia, 1914-1918 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 35101

Summary:
Munitions Worker Badge issued by the Department of Defence and manufactured by Stokes & Sons, Melbourne, 1914-1918.

Badges were sometimes issued to those who did not got to war by the Department of Defence to indicate that "permission to serve had been withheld owing to services being required in Australia". This practise was established after people helping the war effort found themselves subjected to criticism and personal attacks. They were wrongfully accused of showing disloyalty to their country because they were not seen wearing a military uniform. A number was often stamped on the reverse and a certifcate was provided as authentication.
Description:
A bronze badge. The obverse features the Australian coat of arms set on a ribbon with the ledgend MUNITIONS WORKER; curved below, the word, AUSTRALIA. The reverse has the legend ISSUED / BY / DEPARTMENT / OF / DEFENCE / STOKES & SON MELBOURNE; stamped 2104. The lugs for attaching the badge to clothing have been removed.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 42 mm (Height), 55 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918
Themes this item is part of: Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Civilian Life
Tertiary Classification: identification
DateEra: 1914-1918 AD
Obverse Description: The Australian coat of arms set on a ribbon with the ledgend MUNITIONS WORKER; curved below, the word, AUSTRALIA.
Reverse Description: The legend ISSUED / BY / DEPARTMENT / OF / DEFENCE / STOKES & SON MELBOURNE; stamped 2104. The lugs for attaching the badge to clothing have been removed.
Inscriptions: MUNITIONS WORKER
AUSTRALIA
ISSUED / BY / DEPARTMENT / OF / DEFENCE / STOKES & SON MELBOURNE
2104
Issued By: Department of Defence, Australia, 1914-1918
Manufacturer: Stokes & Sons, Australia, 1914-1918
References: References:
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/45353754

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