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Listed under:  Arts  >  Visual arts  >  Symbols  >  Emblems
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Roma Field's Order of Australia Medal, 1981

This is a cased four item set of the Order of Australia (OAM), awarded to Florence Roma Field (1891-1985). It was designed by Stuart Devlin AO (1931-) in 1975 and made by the Royal Australian Mint, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. The gold-plated silver medal is a convex disc with a surface of stylised mimosa flower ...

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'Rising sun' hat badge, Australian Imperial Force, c1914

This is a copper alloy military hat badge with a 'rising sun' design. Bayonets of different lengths are arranged to create the semicircular form of the rising sun around a crown. The words 'AUSTRALIAN COMMONWEALTH / MILITARY FORCES' are stamped in two banner-like lines below it. The badge is 62 mm wide and 43 mm long.

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White Australia Policy badge, c1920

This is a circular copper-nickel and aluminium fob badge made around 1920. The words 'WHITE / AUSTRALIA' run across a central cut-out map of Australia, which is made of silvered (white) wash on aluminium. The circular brass border bears the words 'AUSTRALIA FOR THE AUSTRALIANS'. There is suspension loop at top. The badge ...

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Australian protest badges, 1985-95

These are five enamelled metal badges relating to environmental and Indigenous activism in Australia between 1985 and 1995. Each badge has symbols and slogans. The following text communicates the five messages: 'NO FORESTS / NO FUTURE', 'NO TIME TO WASTE / GREENPEACE', 'White Australia has a black history', 'MAY DAY 1993, ...

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Bushranger medal, 1849-50

This hand-engraved, 'Long Service and Good Conduct' silver medal was awarded to Sergeant Thomas Quigley for apprehending bushrangers in NSW. On the obverse is a coat of arms consisting of a shield with motifs, a rising sun, a kangaroo and an emu. 'ADVANCE AUSTRALIA' is engraved on the scroll below. The text 'NEW SOUTH WALES' ...

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Medal from Cole's Book Arcade, c1885

This is a gilt bronze medal from Cole's Book Arcade in Melbourne. On the obverse is a tree fern and the words: 'THE / GOVERNMENT / OF / RIGHT / THE / RELIGION / OF / GOODNESS / THE / ENGLISH / LANGUAGE / IMPROVED / BY THE / BEST WORDS / OF ALL OTHER / LANGUAGES'. On the reverse is another inscription around a rainbow: 'UNITED ...

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Melbourne International Exhibition gold prize medal, 1880

This is a gold medal from the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition. On the obverse is the head of Queen Victoria, with the words 'MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION MDCCCLXXX' around the edge. On the reverse is a quote from Virgil's 'Aeneid' in Latin: "VITAM EXCOLUERE PER ARTES" (life improved through arts) surrounded ...

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Abstinence Society medal, c1885

This is a general-purpose gilt medal, minted by Stokes and Martin and issued by the Australian abstinence movement. It includes the Lord's Prayer on the obverse and on the reverse an abstinence pledge: 'I PROMISE / NOT TO USE ANY / INTOXICATING / LIQUORS AS A / BEVERAGE'. Above the pledge is a depiction of two hands shaking. ...

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Olympic Games participants' medal, 1956

This is a copper medal struck for the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. On the obverse is the coat of arms of Melbourne under the Olympic rings and a kangaroo. Around the rim is inscribed: 'OLYMPIC GAMES MELBOURNE / 1956'. The reverse features nine pairs of athletes marching around the rim. One figure holds the Olympic flag. ...

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Queen Victoria diamond jubilee medal issued by the Shire of Traralgon, 1897

This is a gilt medal issued by the Shire of Traralgon to celebrate the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria. The obverse features busts of a young and old Queen Victoria, and is inscribed: 'QUEEN VICTORIA'S 60TH YEAR OF REIGN / 1837 TO 1897'. The reverse has an image of the Traralgon Shire Hall with the inscription: 'SHIRE ...

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ANZAC remembrance medal by Dora Ohlfsen, 1919

This is a copper medal featuring on the obverse a fallen soldier surrounded with a laurel wreath being comforted by a female figure who symbolises Australia. It is inscribed: 'DORA OHLFSEN 1918' struck half off the flan (not visible here). The reverse depicts an outline of an armed soldier in profile and is inscribed: 'ANZAC. ...

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Centenary International Air Race medal, 1934

This gilt medal with a purple ribbon was issued in 1934 for the Centenary International Air Race. It may have been awarded to members of the ground staff or distributed as a promotional medal. The obverse features a bust of Sir Macpherson Robertson facing right wearing a suit and tie, and is inscribed: 'INTERNATIONAL AIR ...

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Australia's Commonwealth 1899 badge, 1899

This is a sterling silver and enamel badge minted by Stokes and Sons of Melbourne. The badge is shaped as a six-pointed star, representing the six colonies which would join to become a federation. Within the star is a blue circle with silver lettering: 'AUSTRALIA'S COMMONWEALTH / 1899'. Inside the circle is a silver map ...

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Badge protesting against labelling of gay and lesbian minority, c1979

This is a circular badge with light blue background, featuring the word 'MEMBER' printed in white capital letters across the centre within a wide orange stripe. The words 'IMMORAL' and 'MINORITY', also in white capitals, are printed across the top and bottom respectively. There is slight rust at the top of the badge and ...

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'We're Not All Straight in the Garden State' badge, c1980

This is a round cream-coloured badge with a green perimeter and 'We're Not All Straight in the Garden State' inscribed in green across the face. The badge is plastic coated and has metal backing with a pin attached. Its diameter is 44 mm.

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Badge for heterosexuals in solidarity with gays and lesbians, c1980

This is a white circular plastic-coated metal badge with a black image of a panda in the centre and 'heterosexuals unafraid of gays and lesbians' printed in black around the rim. The badge probably dates from the period 1970-90. Its diameter is 4.4 cm.

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Badge encouraging people to 'come out', c1980

This is a circula, black and plastic-coated metal badge featuring a central pink triangle overlaid with a light-grey butterfly. The slogan 'COME OUT!' is printed in strong pink capital letters around the edge of the bottom half of the badge, which is 4.9 cm in diameter.

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Cessation of transportation medal, 1853

This bronze medal was made in Britain in 1853 to commemorate both the cessation of transportation to Tasmania and the jubilee of the founding of the Colony of Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land). It was excavated at Casselden Place, Melbourne, in 2003, and is now part of the Little Lonsdale Street archaeological collection at ...

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Cole's Book Arcade medal, 1879-1903

This is a copper alloy medal, inscribed 'COLES BOOK ARCADE MELBOURNE' and 'ALWAYS DO THAT WHICH YOU BELIEVE TO BE RIGHT'. The medal is 30 mm in diameter.

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Thrale and Cross halfpenny token, c1854

This is a copper halfpenny token dating from about 1854. It features the name, address and business type of the issuer, 'THRALE AND CROSS / HOWARD ST NORTH MELBOURNE / FAMILY GROCERY AND EGG POWDER STORE'. The reverse side features a stock design depicting a female allegorical figure of Australia sitting on a rock. She ...