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Badge - Australian Railways Union, Podger & Simpson, 1921 Object Reg. No: SH 920087

Summary:
Badge made for the Australian Railways Union by Podger and Simpson. This is one of a series of badges collected over a fifteen year period, when the donor undertook much research in the field of Trade Union material culture, and had extensive contact with the Trade Union Movement Australia wide. The Australian Railways Union was formed in 1921. In 1993 the ARU merged with other unions to form the Australian Rail Tram & Bus Industry Union.
Description:
Circular gold metal and enamel button with a crown at the top, with a ring through it, and a tail opposite the crown. Raised metal border, band of red enamel with gold lettering in it. At the centre there is a map of Australia, with gold lettering and white enamel, surrounded with blue enamel. On the back the manufacturers name is in raised lettering and there is a number stamped above it. Button is slightly convex.
Acquisition Information:
Cultural Gifts Donation from Mr Andrew Reeves, 1991
Acknowledgement:
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 0.80 cm (Height), 3.70 cm (Width), 2.40 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: societies, trade unions, working life, badges, railway memorabilia, railway workers
Themes this item is part of: Working Life & Trades Collection, Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 2011-2021
Primary Classification: TRADE UNIONS
Secondary Classification: Transport - Rail
Tertiary Classification: badges
Inscriptions: Front: AUSTRALIAN RAILWAYS UNION / A. R. U / 1921 Back: 9042 / PODGER / & / SIMPSON
Manufacturer: Podger & Simpson, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1921
Organisation Named: Australian Railways Union (ARU) Victorian Branch, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1921

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