Badge made for the Australian Railways Union by Podger and Simpson. This is one of a series of badges collected over a fifteen year period, when the donor undertook much research in the field of Trade Union material culture, and had extensive contact with the Trade Union Movement Australia wide. The Australian Railways Union was formed in 1921. In 1993 the ARU merged with other unions to form the Australian Rail Tram & Bus Industry Union.

Physical Description

Circular gold metal and enamel button with a crown at the top, with a ring through it, and a tail opposite the crown. Raised metal border, band of red enamel with gold lettering in it. At the centre there is a map of Australia, with gold lettering and white enamel, surrounded with blue enamel. On the back the manufacturers name is in raised lettering and there is a number stamped above it. Button is slightly convex.

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