Small fundraising badge : Discharged Soldiers' Fund For Our Returned Soldiers

Place Oceania: Australia, South Australia
Accession Number REL39132
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Badge
Physical description Celluloid, Paper, Tin
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia: South Australia
Date made c 1918 - 1919
Conflict Period 1910-1919
First World War, 1914-1918

Small circular pressed tinplate badge with a celluloid face and a pin attachment to the reverse. Features a gold-bordered art nouveau style heart within a green wreath, surmounted by a yellow seven-pointed star, all on a royal purple background. The words 'Discharged Soldiers' Fund For Our Returned Soldiers' feature within the heart, on a buff background. A gold and white border encloses the whole design. The word 'Copyright' appears on one lower edge but features no maker's details.

History / Summary

Fundraising badge produced to support the South Australian Discharged Soldiers' Fund. Such badges were sold in trams, buses, at railways stations and at rallies to raise money for the stated cause. This example is associated with raising funds for returned soldiers. In total the fund raised over 500.000 pounds during the war for its cause.