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Badge - OSA & MBHS School, Australia, circa 1920 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 35193

A school badge featuring a white map of Australia with the letters OSA and MBHS; around on horse shoe shaped border OMNIA LABOR VINCIT ('labour will conquer all'). Made circa 1920.

The white Australia motif was used in a variety of contexts in post-Federation Australia, including postage stamps and advertising. It reinforced the government's determination to create a white, predominantly British, population

Murray Bridge High School, South Australia, is the most likely source of this badge.
Gilt and enamel badge with loop on top. The obverse depicts a white map of Australia with the letters OSA; below on blue background, MBHS; around on inverted horseshoe-shaped border, 'OMNIA LABOR VINCIT'. The reverse is plain.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 28 mm (Height), 22 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: education, white australia policy, making history - white australia
Themes this item is part of: Childhood & Youth Collection, Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: EDUCATION
Secondary Classification: Souvenirs & Mementoes
Tertiary Classification: badges
DateEra: circa 1920 AD
Obverse Description: A white map of Australia with the letters OSA; below on blue background, MBHS; around on horse shoe shaped border, OMNIA LABOR VINCIT
Reverse Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: 'OSA'; below on blue background, 'MBHS'; around on horseshoe-shaped border, 'OMNIA LABOR VINCIT'
Shape: Round with loop
Material: Gilt and enamel
Issued By: Australia, circa 1920


Melinda Sawers Posted on 24 Feb 2012 12:08 AM
This is definitely Murray Bridge High School. See their website for verification.

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