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Badge - 'YES', Pro Conscription, World War I, 1914-1918 Object Reg. No: SH 950398

Summary:
Badge worn in Australia during World War I, in favour of conscription. 'Yes' badges like this one are far more common than the 'No' variety.

In 1916 the Australian Government, under Prime Minister Hughes, called for conscription of Australian men as voluntary recruiting did not seem to be producing sufficient numbers to supply the front line. Referendums were held in 1916 and 1917 on the issue of conscription, which caused great divisions in Australian society and the Australian government. Both referendums were defeated and conscription did not occur.
Description:
Round metal badge in red, white and blue. Dark blue back- ground with white map of Australia in centre. Large red letters in map "YES". Long inscription on lower, outer rim [illeg] Pin at back fits into slot.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Museum of Victoria Numismatics Collection, 1995
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 2.20 cm (Height), 2.20 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918, australian military forces, conscription
Themes this item is part of: Conscription in Australia, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Conscription, World War I, 1914-1918
Primary Classification: POLITICS & PUBLIC PROTEST
Secondary Classification: World War I
Tertiary Classification: conscription
Inscriptions: "YES"
Place Made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1914-1918
Place Used: Australia, 1914-1918

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