Patriotic fund raising badge: Golden Fleece Day : Mr W S Low, Brisbane

Place Oceania: Australia, Queensland, Brisbane
Accession Number REL29268.002
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Badge
Physical description Leather; cotton; paper
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia: Queensland, Brisbane
Date made 1916
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Description

A brown leather cut-out in the shape of a sheep. Attached to a hole in the sheeps back by means of a cotton string, is a small blue paper oval-shape label with the wording, 'GOLDEN / FLEECE / DAY / June 16th / 1916'.

History / Summary

Golden Fleece Day was held on Friday 16 June 1916 in Brisbane, at seventeen locations across the city. The recipients of the money raised were the Brisbane Wool Spinning Guild and the 25th Battalion Comforts Fund, neither of which had been represented before in public appeals. Many of the goods being sold were decorated in the colours of the battalion (a diamond, black over blue) and were hand made. Apart from home-made sweets, cakes, flowers and badges being offer by the (mainly) ladies, there were a number of novelties available. Small 'black dolls dressed in oriental colours' made from wish bones; matching doll’s chairs; miniature bales of wool marked AAA and 25th Battalion; and these leather or paper-backed wool sheep. "The Telegraph" for Saturday 17 June reported that £388/3/7 was made, with 'more returns to come in'. This is one of 32 fund raising badges collected by William Sinclair Low who lived in Brisbane during this period.