Summary

Visit of the US Fleet pin-backed brooch or badge, issued 1908. Huge celebrations surrounded the visit of the United States Navy to Australia in 1908. Prime Minister Alfred Deakin ignored Britain's concerns and established protocol when he invited the American fleet to visit. Sixteen warships arrived in Sydney harbour, welcomed by 80,000 spectators. Speeches were delivered, parties thrown and parades marched in honour of the occasion. As the fleet moved from port to port the welcome remained wildly enthusiastic. The visit was publicly associated with Australia's self-perception as a strong 'white' nation. The Lone Hand described the occasion: 'As a friendly hand across the Pacific comes to Australia - the Great White Fleet. In a flashing white it comes, as it were a symbol of a racial ideal to be upheld. Australia aspires but to hold her territory free and clean, in trust for the White Race. America's Pacific fleet helps to give us heart to hope that that ideal may be preserved.' The visit of the Great White Fleet was a significant because it linked Australia firmly with American power in the Pacific.

Physical Description

Brass badge with emu and kangaroo flanking shield with stars and stripes. Eagle mounted on top of shield.

Obverse Description

Brass badge with emu and kangaroo flanking shield with stars and stripes. Eagle mounted on top of shield.. On banner beneath, AUSTRALIA GREETS .U.S.A.

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