Protect Australia League enamelled badge, circa 1938. The Protect Australia League was formed in late 1938 and by March 1939 had over 2,400 members. It was composed of 'sincere men and women-Australians who are not quite satisfied with the present position of our national affairs...who feel that it is not only their right but their duty to voice a concerted opinion on matters of national import'. The league's two key focuses were: loyalty to the Throne and and British Empire, and ensuring the adequate defence of Australia.

The white Australia motif depicted on this badge was used in a variety of contexts in post-Federation Australia, including postage stamps and advertising. It reinforced the government's determination to create a white, predominantly British, population.

Physical Description

Enamelled shield shaped badge. The badge has a dark blue boarder with gold text. The centre of the badge is red with a white map of Australia

Obverse Description

Dark blue enamelled boarder with gold text 'PROTECT AUSTRALIA LEAGUE'. Centre of the badge is red enamel with the initials 'P.A.L.' above a white enamelled map of Australia.

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