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Badge - Lest We Forget, Australia, 1972-1975 Object Reg. No: SH 901897

'Lest We Forget' badge, alternatively known as a button. The slogan unites the Remembrance Day (11 November) message of 'Lest We Forget' with the Whitlam government's dismissal by Governor-General John Kerr on 11 November in 1975. The Southern Cross motif, traditionally associated with the Eureka Stockade of 1854 and subsequently the Labour movement, has since been appropriated by Australian right wing extremists as a sign of Australian patriotism.
This is a circular blue and white badge with text on the front. The Southern Cross is also depicted at the centre of the badge. The badge has a gold-coloured back with a gold-coloured pin.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Alfred Zeeno, 1990
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 45 mm (Diameter)
Dimension Comment: Measured 2.10.08

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Tagged with: political parties, politics, societies, trade unions, working life
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: POLITICS & PUBLIC PROTEST
Secondary Classification: Parliamentary Politics
Tertiary Classification: badges
Inscriptions: Obverse: AUSTRALIAN LABOR GOVERNMENT/ Lest we forget/ Nov. 11th/ 1972- 1975
Place & Date Used: Australia, 1975

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