Summary

Alternative Name(s): Button, Pin

Anzac Remembrance Day badge dating from World War I.

'ANZAC' refers to the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. It became the proper noun 'Anzac' under Federal Government legislation in 1921. Anzac Day is an Australian national holiday to commemorate the landing at Gallipoli by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZACs) on 25 April 1915. The day was officially designated as 'Anzac Day' on 25 April 1916.

This badge is likely to refer to the 17th of December 1915 when a nation wide Remembrance Day was held to commemorate those who died during the Gallipoli campaign. Badges were sold on this day to raise funds for the wounded as well as the work of those who supported the troops, such as the Australian Red Cross. The symbol in the middle of the badge appears to be a stylised version of the old Australian Coat of Arms.

A similar badge is held in the Te Papa Museum's collection (GH023366)..

One of a group of 13 badges attached to a brown velvet ribbon. The badges all date from the World War I era, 1914-1919. The badges represent the sense of identity of 'Independent Australian Britons' during World War I.

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