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Badge - One People One Destiny One Flag, Turner & Henderson, NSW, 1899 Object Reg. No: HT 23727

This cardboard badge was made by Turner & Henderson in 1899. Commissioned by supporters of Federation, the front of the badge bears the slogan 'One People One Destiny One Flag'. Although the 'Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act' had passed both houses of the British Parliament, it was not certain that all six colonies would join the Federation. Each colonial Parliament had to pass legislation agreeing to become part of the Commonwealth, and then hold referenda. In 1899 referenda were held in Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania, South Australia and Queensland. Western Australia held a referendum in 1900.

This badge was created for the referendum held in NSW on 20 June 1899.
Cardboard in the shape of a shovel. The obverse printed in red and blue on a white ground with an image of the NSW Ensign and the slogan. The election details are printed on the reverse in black ink.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 72 mm (Height), 39 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: constitutional referendums, politics, civic mementoes, australian federation 1901
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Our Federation Journey - Who created the nation?
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Federation
Tertiary Classification: badges
Inscriptions: Printed on obverse: Registered/ TURNER & HENDERSON; ONE PEOPLE; ONE DESTINY/ ONE FLAG
Printed on reverse: VOTE FOR/ THE/ FEDERAL BILL/ ON TUESDAY,/ JUNE 20,/ 1899.
Printer: Turner & Henderson Pty. Ltd., Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1899

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