Summary

Alternative Name(s): Button, Pin

World War I-era pressed tin fundraising badge. The badge features the French flag and a red cross over a starburst, against a gold background. Encircling the image is a white ring with the text 'French Red Cross' in blue.

The Australian War Memorial website records that this fundraising badge was produced to promote and support the work of the French Red Cross Society. Such badges were sold in trams, buses, at railways stations and at rallies to raise money for the stated cause. This example was produced in South Australia but appears to have been sold nationally from 1916. In total 207,233 pounds was raised in Victoria; 67,577 in New South Wales, 22,527 in South Australia, 10,812 pounds in Queensland and 11,304 in Tasmania for the cause.

One of 24 fundraising badges attached to a black velvet ribbon. Purchased and collected by the donor's great-grandmother, Mrs LIllie Mary Hollinger, in Melbourne (probably Canterbury).

Badges were worn or displayed on ribbons during and after World War I, commemorating involvement in the war effort and expressing patriotism. They were generally made to raise funds for particular causes, including comforts and medical aid for those serving overseas; assisting widows and children of deceased soldiers; and assisting with the purchase of aids and treatment for soldiers who returned with disabilities.

Physical Description

Circular badge featuring the French flag and a red cross over a starburst, against a gold background. Encircling the image is a white ring with inscription in blue. The back of the badge is a dull tin with minor rust. A bent nail has been utilised as the pin and is attached through a hole in the back of the badge.

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