ProvenanceBadge sold as a souvenir of Anzac Remembrance Day to raise funds for the war effort.
The very first Anzac Day was held on 13 October 1915, in Adelaide, South Australia. It was held on the ‘Eight Hour Day’, also known as Labour Day, as it allowed more people to participate during a public holiday.
The first Anzac Day as we now know it, a national commemoration, was held in 1916, one year after the landings at Gallipoli. The campaign at Gallipoli was the first campaign fought by the ANZAC troops in Europe. There were ceremonies across Australia to establish the day as one of respectful homage rather than military celebration. The families of the soldiers who had fought there were a focus in the newspaper reports of the time.SignificanceIllustrative of the badges that were popular as a means of raising funds or showing support for particular organisations or causes during the First World War. This and other associated badges are a rich source of evidence on the material and cultural history of Australia, particularly during wartime. The symbols, colours and mottoes used on the badges themselves also express ideas about the values and identity that Australians held in the early to mid-twentieth century.DescriptionTwo similar circular badges with 'ANZAC' 'Remembrance Day' Heraldic shield in red and blue.Creator (person)Creator (organisation)AcknowledgementDate of Creation1916Date of Usage1916MaterialTin
|celluloid Accession NumberHT 1985.2738 a - b