Badge - 'My Country First, Protect Its Industries, Buy Its Goods', Australia, 1930-1939 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 42197

Gilt and emamel badge inscribed 'MY COUNTRY FIRST ' on white map of Australia, and inscribed 'PROTECT ITS INDUSTRIES ' and 'BUY ITS GOODS' on boomerangs. Made by Stokes and Sons, Melbourne, circa 1930s.

The badge supports the protection of Australian industries, a common sentiment around the time of Federation and reflected in Commonwealth Government policy. It was possibly produced as part of the campaign by the Australian Natives' Association to promote Australia-made goods. The Australian Natives' Association was a Friendly Society which provided benefits to its Australian-born members. It was a staunch supporter of trade protection and immigration restriction, and Prime Minister Alfred Deakin was a member.
Gilt and enamel badge featuring six-pointed star-shaped with white map of mainland Australia in centre. Black boomerangs are positioned at top and bottom of star.
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 30 mm (Width), 30 mm (Length)
Weight: 7.11 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: import tariffs, protectionism, trading, white australia policy, mustard bowl, making history - white australia
Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Australian Natives Association (ANA), Melbourne, Victoria, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales, Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 2011-2021
Primary Classification: POLITICS & PUBLIC PROTEST
Secondary Classification: Nationalism
Tertiary Classification: badges
DateEra: 1930-1939 AD
Obverse Description: "MY COUNTRY FIRST " in gilt on white map of Australia,
"PROTECT ITS INDUSTRIES " AND "BUY ITS GOODS" in gilt on boomerangs.
Reverse Description: Stamped " STOKES & SONS / MELB" on reverse.
Inscriptions: Obverse: 'MY COUNTRY FIRST' in gilt on white map of Australia. 'PROTECT ITS INDUSTRIES ' and 'BUY ITS GOODS' in gilt on boomerangs.

Reverse: stamped 'STOKES & SONS / MELB'
Shape: Irregular
Issued By: Australia, 1930-1939

Approximate date(s).
Manufacturer: Stokes & Sons
Commissioned By (Probable): Australian Natives' Association (ANA)

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