Summary

A school badge featuring a white map of Australia with the letters OSA and MBHS; around on horse shoe shaped border OMNIA LABOR VINCIT ('labour will conquer all'). Made circa 1920.

The white Australia motif 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

Murray Bridge High School, South Australia, is the most likely source of this badge.

Physical Description

Gilt and enamel badge with loop on top. The obverse depicts a white map of Australia with the letters OSA; below on blue background, MBHS; around on inverted horseshoe-shaped border, 'OMNIA LABOR VINCIT'. The reverse is plain.

Obverse Description

A white map of Australia with the letters OSA; below on blue background, MBHS; around on horse shoe shaped border, OMNIA LABOR VINCIT

Reverse Description

Plain

Significance

Notes regarding motto: 'Omnia Labor Vincit' is also used for the coat of arms of Mpumalanga, a province in rural South Africa. 'Labor Omnia Vincit' is the motto of several Australian schools, including Liverpool Girls' High School, Liverpool Boys' High School, Adelaide Technical High School, Roseville College (Sydney), Birdwood High School (South Australia) and Sydney Girls High School. 'Labor Omnia Vincit' is also used on the union badge of the Professional Radio & Electronic Institute of Australia, 1962-1988 (Powerhouse Museum 89/604-1).

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