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Limbless Soldiers Association Appeal badge, made in 1926.
The Limbless Soldiers Association of Victoria was formed in 1921. In 1934 the Association made representations to the Federal Government regarding the preservation of jobs of limbless soldiers, and the 'compulsory' employment of a percentage of disabled ex-soldiers by large employers. It also argued that limbless soldiers' associations should be regarded as charitable organisations for the purpose of donations. (Advocate, Burnie, Fri 20 July 1934, p.7). Limbless soldiers' associations were set up in many other states.
Badge featuring white triangle over dark blue background, topped by a white crown. Inscription within and below triangle. Single metal pin on reverse.
The various Limbless Soldiers Associations provided important support - political, symbolic and practical - to soldiers who had fought in World War I.
According to the North Western Advocate and the Emu Bay Times (Tasmania), 15 July 1915, p.7, 'Wives of disabled returned soldiers will receive full restoration, of their pensions, the Minister for Repatriation (Mr. Marr) told a deputation representing the Limbless Soldiers' Association to-day. Sympathetic consideration has also been promised by the Prime Minister (Mr. Lyons) and Mr. Marr to a number of other requests which the deputation submitted on behalf of disabled ex-soldiers':
- 'That disabled and limbless ex soldiers, whose positions become redundant in the Federal public service, should be given preference in reinstatement.'
- 'That war pensions should not be treated as income for the purpose of the Invalid and Old Age Pensions Act.'
- 'That limbless soldiers' associations should be regarded as charitable organisations for the purpose of donations which may be deducted in the assessment of income for taxation'
- 'That legislation should be introduced for the compulsory employment by large employers' of a percentage of disabled ex-soldiers.'
Donation from Miss Lexie Luly, Jun 1988
C. H. Stevens - Limbless Soldiers Association of Victoria
The Association's inaugural badge design was 'submitted' by C. H. Stevens. C. H. Stevens, Limbless Soldiers' Association of Victoria Official History, 1921-1971, 1971, p.10
'LIMBLESS / SOLDIERS / ASSOCIATION / VIC / APPEAL 1926'.
Type of item
4 mm (Depth), 22 mm (Outside Diameter)
C. H. Stevens, 1971. Limbless Soldiers' Association of Victoria : official history, 1921-1971. 1934 'Disabled Returned Soldiers.', Advocate (Burnie, Tas. : 1890 - 1954), 20 July, p. 7. , viewed 04 Apr 2018, [Link 1]