16th November 2023

New South Wales Police Pipe Band

Stokes & Sons Melbourne.

I have finally received my own copy of this button. Although the band was approved  by Commissioner William John Mackay in 1946, it is an aluminium button with two ‘air holes’ on the back. This dates them as 1953 onwards, when Stokes introduced the technology into Australia. The crest on the buttons is that of the Mackay clan. Unfortunately, the band was made redundant in July 1989.

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney), 27th February 1946 page 4.

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney), 7th March 1954 page 53. Although the image quality is poor, 3 shiny buttons can be seen of the sleeve cuff.