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Badge - 'Wattle Day League Hospital Wing', Australia, 1917 Object Reg. No: SH 950364

Summary:
Alternative Name(s): Button

Made: A.W. Patrick. 440 Rae St., Nth. Fitzroy, Victoria, 1917. Used circa 1917. Sold in South Australia as part of The Red Letter Day Appeal organised by The Wattle League.

The first 'national' Wattle Day was celebrated in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide on 1 September 1910. Wattle had become a symbol of Australia with the approach of Federation. It was particularly promoted by the Australian Natives' Association, established in 1871 and a strong advocate for native-born Australians and Federation. It later became an advocate for White Australia. Public support for Wattle Day peaked during World War I, when it was a potent symbol of home for military personnel serving overseas, and a means of raising money for organisations such as the Red Cross. Beautifully designed Wattle Day badges as well as wattle sprigs were sold. The influence of Wattle Day waned as the 20th century progressed, but in 1992 the Governor-General declared 1 September National Wattle Day.
Description:
Round metal badge in brown with white bull dog in centre. Lettering around edge. Name and address of maker on lower outer rim . Pin on back that fits into slot.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Museum of Victoria Numismatics Collection, 1995
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 3.20 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: community organisations services, fundraising, wars conflicts, wattle day, world war i 1914-1918, ambulances
Themes this item is part of: Wattle Day, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Getting In, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 2003-2015
Primary Classification: CELEBRATIONS & TRADITIONS
Secondary Classification: Wattle Day
Tertiary Classification: badges
Inscriptions: Text: WATTLE DAY LEAGUE HOSPITAL WING/BRUISED BUT NOT BEATEN/DEC. 21-1917/A W PATRICK MAKER 440 RAE St Nth FITZROY. Vic.
Manufacturer: A.W. Patrick, Fitzroy North, Victoria, Australia, 21 Dec 1917
Place & Date Used: Australia, 1917 or later
Organisation Named: Wattle Day League, Australia
References: GOOD,A.M:nd Official Record of S.A. Button Days. League of Loyal Women's Rooms (Sands and McDougall's). Adelaide.nd.

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