'Fight Apartheid' badge, alternatively known as a button, made by A.W. Patrick in North Fitzroy, Melbourne. The badge was used in Australia and may have been made at any time from Apartheid's initial implementation in South Africa in 1948 up to its dismantling in 1994. The issue of apartheid was topical in Australia, from 1971, when sporting teams initiated sanctions against South Africa. In 1971, some members of the Australian rugby team refused to play against the South African Springboks because the latter were selected on the basis of race. A tour by the South African cricket team to Australia was then cancelled by the Australian Cricket Board. Gough Whitlam proceeded to place a government ban on all South African sporting teams touring Australia. This ban was upheld by succeeding prime ministers, Malcolm Fraser and Bob Hawke.

Physical Description

This is a circular button painted in black and white. Black printing curves around the top and bottom of the button and at the centre is one black and one white hand shaking hands. The text edges around the top and bottom of the badge. On the back there is a pin and clip and at the side, the manufacturers name and address.

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