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Badge - Mothers & Widows, Rising Sun & Wattle Emblem, 1919 or later Object Reg. No: ST 039392

Alternative Name(s): Mothers & Widows Ribbon

Black badge embroidered with Australian Military Forces crest and wattle emblem words 'For Australia? below. White metal bars at top and bottom one brass star on bottom bar indicating one son or husband killed. Number on rear of top clasp: 35536.

According to the Australian War Memorial, the badge was officially sanctioned in Military Order 64 of 1919. The Barrier Miner (NSW) announced on 4 June 1919 that badges were now being issued to the mothers and widows of those 'who have been killed in action or died of wounds or other causes while serving, or who after discharge died from causes directly attributable to wounds or sickness incurred while on service'. Appropriate wear was prescribed: 'When the badge is worn it should be attached to the dress, on the right breast'. A total of 30,000 badges were ordered (although over 60,000 were killed). Delivery was delayed due to power restrictions during 'the strike' (thousands of seamen were involved in industrial action during 1919), and the contractor struggling to produce the necessary quality for the metal bars.
Black ribbon, machine-embroidered with rising sun and wattle emblems. Ribbon suspended from a white metal bar which bearing laurel leaves. A bottom bar has a single star (indicative of the number of relatives killed).
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs W. Lording, 1986
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 10.4 cm (Height), 5.7 cm (Width)

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Tagged with: wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Civilian Life
Tertiary Classification: presentations

On rear top of clasp: '35536'.
Date Made: 1919 or later
References: Australian War Memorial Encyclopaedia, 'The Mothers and Widows Badge', http://www.awm.gov.au/encyclopedia/badges/mothers_widows.asp, accessed 27 Mar 2013.

MOTHERS AND WIDOWS' BADGES. (1919, June 4). Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved March 27, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article45485550.

WAR BADGES FOR WOMEN. (1919, September 19). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 6. Retrieved March 27, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4687136.

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