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Badge - 'Remember Anzac', post 1916 Object Reg. No: SH 950235

Summary:
Alternative Name(s): Button

Metal badge, in colours of brown, grey and white, showing a scene of the beach on Gallipoli, with some white and brown tents in the foreground. The text on the top of the badge reads 'Remember Anzac'; the number 18519 is shown at the bottom of the badge.

The badge would have been made for fundraising purposes during or after World War I. Organisations such as the Cheer-up Society used the words 'Remember Anzac' on their badges.

The Cheer-Up Society of South Australia held four appeal days during World War I: 4 November 1915, 30 November 1917, June 1918 and 29 November 1918. Gatherings of the society included a meeting on 17 April 1917, recorded in the Bunyip (Gawler, SA). Presided over by the Mayor, Mr W. H. Cox, it was held in the 'Cheer-Up Room'. It was announced that permission had been obtained from the authorities to hold a Button Day and demonstration on 'Anzac Day,' 25th April, and asking for the co-operation and help of the Society. The object was to open a fund to enable the Association to build or purchase premises as Headquarters of the Association in South Australia, to beused by all members of the Assoctiation. This drive was to take place throughout the Commonwealth, although each State would act separately. It was 'hoped that all residents of and visitors to the town will show tangible proof that the soldiers are not forgotten by their fellow Australians, the soldiers who have done and are doing, their bit towards the defence of the Empire and upholding of the honor of Australia.' Two Buttons will be offered, one with a wreath and 'Remember Anzac' printed thereon, and the other a photo of General Birdwood. Farewell socials for soldiers and comforts were also arranged.
Description:
Metal badge, in colours of brown, grey and white, showing a scene of the beach on Gallipoli, with some white and brown tents in the foreground. Text above; number below. The image is slightly off-centre on the badge. The badge is fastened at the back by a metal pin which fits into a hole in the body of the badge.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Museum of Victoria Numismatics Collection, 1995
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 3.00 cm (Width), 3.00 cm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: wars conflicts, community organisations services, world war i 1914-1918, fundraising, australian military forces
Themes this item is part of: Domestic & Community Life Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Civilian Life
Tertiary Classification: fundraising
Inscriptions: 'REMEMBER ANZAC / 18519'
Place & Date Made: Australia, post 1916
Maker (Probable): Cheer-Up Society
References: GOOD,A.M: Official Record of S.A, Button Days. League of Loyal Women's Rooms (Sands and McDougall's) Adelaide.nd.
CHEER-UP SOCIETY. (1917, April 20). Bunyip (Gawler, SA : 1863 - 1954), p. 3. Retrieved March 18, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article100416471

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