Air Raid Precaution Personnel Badge : District Warden

Accession Number REL/15711.007
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Badge
Physical description Brass, Enamel, Silver-plated metal
Maker C. Bentley Ltd
Place made Australia
Date made 1941-1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Silver plated shield-shaped lapel badge surmounted by the King's crown. Immediately below the crown is the word "VICTORIA" with red enamel fill, above a central panel with "ARP" in large letters on a red enamelled background, under which is "DISTRICT WARDEN" in smaller letters with blue enamel fill. The rear of the badge is fitted with a pair of suspension loops with brass holders. Cast into the rear are the words "ISSUED BY STATE ENERGENCY COUNCIL" and "BENTLEY", while the serial number 208 has been impressed below the suspension loops.

History / Summary

Air Raid Precaution label badge issued by the State Emergency Council of Victoria during the Second World War, and worn by ARP members with District Warden responsibilities. Wardens would organise their local or suburban ARP group, coordinate public awareness campaigns, distribute pamphlets and equipment and conduct night-time patrols to check civilian adherence to blackout precautions.