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Flag - Carry on Dad, circa 1918 Object Reg. No: SH 940500

Made around 1918 by (or for) the Sailors and Soldiers Fathers' Association of Victoria.

The Sailors and Soldiers Fathers' Association was established during World War I and apparently had branches in most states. In Victoria, the Association was formed in May 1918. It aimed to promote the interests of all sailors and soldiers who had been on active service. By March 1921, it had 11,393 members and 84 branches across the state. It ran the journal 'Our Empire'. It worked for preference to returned men, better payments to war widows, attention to war graves, and forms of repatriation. Flags such as this were waved by members of the Association to welcome home returning men, in 1918-1920.

The Sailors and Soldiers Fathers' Association protested against foreign, particularly Southern European, immigration in the 1920s.
Australian flag with white text across the bottom of the flag, and the emblem of the Sailors and Soldiers Fathers' Association of Australia in the lower left hand corner. The flag is glued to a cylindrical wooden rod.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Boyunegnez, 1994
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 60.50 cm (Height), 48 cm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Height measured including stick

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Tagged with: civic mementoes, death mourning, souvenirs, wars conflicts, white australia policy, world war i 1914-1918
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Civilian Life
Tertiary Classification: flags
Inscriptions: Printed, bottom of flag, cream ink: CARRY ON DAD

Printed, star in a blue circle, blue ink: SAILORS / SOLDIERS / OF VICT./ ASSOC/ FATHERS
Issued By: Sailors and Soldiers Fathers' Association of Victoria, Victoria, Australia, circa 1919
Place & Date Used: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1918-1929
References: Joy Damousi: The labour of loss: mourning, memory and bereavement in Australia. Cambridge, 1999, p.52 - 57.

National Archives of Australia: correspondence files, multiple number series, 1923-34 A458, Prime Minister's Department, 'Immigration Restrictions. Later Papers in Action' [2 cm, 1920-27] - contains correspondence relating to the Commonwealth of Australia Immigration Act 1901-20, including protests against foreign, particularly Southern European, immigration in 1924-25 by groups including the Sailors' and Soldiers' Fathers' Association.

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