Badge made in 1916 and worn in favour of conscription during World War I. 'Yes' badges are far more common than the 'No' variety. Made by A W Patrick, 440 Rae St. Melb. and the Modern Printing Co. 246 Eliz St. Melbourne.

In 1916 the Australian Government, under Prime Minister Hughes, called for conscription of Australian men as voluntary recruiting did not seem to be producing sufficient numbers to supply the front line. Referendums were held in 1916 and 1917 on the issue of conscription, which caused great divisions in Australian society and the Australian government. Both referendums were defeated and conscription did not occur.

Physical Description

Round metal badge in red, white and blue. Light blue background with white map of Australia in centre. Large red letters. Name and address of maker on outer, lower rim. Pin at back fits into slot.

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