Framed collection of Commonwealth of Australia War Service badges
|Title||Framed collection of Commonwealth of Australia War Service badges|
|Date made||c 1939-1945|
|Physical description||White metal; Brass; Bronze|
Framed collection of specimen badges entitled 'COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA WAR SERVICE BADGES 1939-194 '. Each badge is pinned to the backing and surrounded by a black circle with the name below. The top row, from left to right shows the Mothers and Widows Badge, a round white metal badge bearing the image of a grieving woman with a laurel wreath and the words 'FOR AUSTRALIA'. A bar is attached to the bottom of the badge bearing three brass stars to represent three children killed; the Returned From Active Service Badge which is a bronze badge of a combined anchor, rising sun and wings surmounted by a king's crown. Underneath is a boomerang with the words 'RETURNED FROM ACTIVE SERVICE'; and the Female Relatives badge, a round white metal badge which is edged with laurel leaves and surmounted by a king's crown. In the centre is a map of Australia and the words, 'TO THE WOMEN OF AUSTRALIA'. Underneath is a bar bearing three brass stars to represent three children on active service abroad. The middle row contains two badges. The first is the General Service Badge, a bronze badge with a laurel wreath surmounted by a king's crown. In the centre is a shield bearing the letter 'V' and a scroll 'VOLUNTEER'. The second badge is the gilt RAAF Reservists Badge which depicts an eagle imposed on a circle bearing the words 'R.A.A.F. RESERVIST'. The circle is surmounted by a king's crown. The bottom row contains the Reserved Occupation Exemption badge, an octagonal badge surrounded by linked chains and surmounted by a king's crown. In the middle is the Australian coat of arms and the words 'RESERVED OCCUPATION'; the Merchant Navy badge, which is an oval badge edged with rope tied at the bottom in a reef knot and surmounted by a king's crown. In the middle are the letters 'MN' and underneath is a scroll with the word 'AUSTRALIA'. The last badge is the Medically Unfit Exemption Badge, a rectangular badge surmounted by a king's crown with the letter 'V' and the word 'VOLUNTEERED'.
This framed collection was put together during the Second World War by the Department of Defence. Each of these badges were issued for specific purposes and had particular criteria attached. These conditions have been typed up and glued to the back of the frame, and read as follows: