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Badge - State Schools Great Schools, Australia, 1990s Object Reg. No: HT 774

Summary:
This badge, alternatively known as a button, states that 'State Schools (are) Great Schools' and refers to a Victorian state government campaign of 1990 encouraging enrolment at and confidence in state schools. Badges like these are commonly distributed and worn by protestors who take part in marches, blockades and other public campaigns relating to legislation, Government policy, or community attitudes. They are often produced by political lobbying groups, and are worn on the day of the protest and while the campaign is current. Sometimes badges are supplemented by posters, T-shirts and banners, and other ways of communicating the message.This badge is not provenanced to any one individual, but it reflects the concerns of members of the teaching profession during the 1980s and 1990s.
Description:
Round yellow badge with a plastic coating. Green graphic shows stylised, outstretched arms between the two oblong text boxes. There is yellow lettering in two green oblong text boxes. Pin attached to back.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Department of Education Education History Unit, 2002
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 70 mm (Diameter)
Dimension Comment: Re-measured 2.10.08

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Tagged with: activism, education, government schools, politics
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: POLITICS & PUBLIC PROTEST
Secondary Classification: Education
Tertiary Classification: badges
Inscriptions: Text obverse: STATE SCHOOLS/ GREAT SCHOOLS
Manufacturer: Patrick Bros., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1990
Place & Date Used: Victoria, Australia, early 1990s

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