15th December 2020

Golden Fleece Collectable Cards

In the 1960s Golden Fleece petrol stations issued swap cards and introduced family restaurants to entice drivers to stop and refresh. In 1964 there was a series of 36 cards displaying Australian uniforms. Many of these uniforms have already been featured in posts. The text is quoted from that on the cards back.

“Formed in 1897, this distinguished regiment saw service in the Boer war, and the 1st and 2nd World Wars. In 1903 it became the 3rd Australian Light Horse Regiment (Australian Horse) and, after several more changes, became the 7th Australian Motor Regiment in 1942. This regiment was disbanded in the following year.”

“Australian women made history when a detachment of nurses was organised and sent to South Africa to tend the wounded. Such a move was a victory in women’s fight for equality and recognition of their rights. Illustrated is one of these brave nurses who carried on the wonderful traditions of Florence Nightingale.”

“The Tasmanian Regiment began in 1870. Formerly the Tasmanian Volunteer Regiment, it changed in 1897 to the 1st Battalion Tasmanian Infantry Regiment. In 1911 it became the 93rd Infantry Battalion, and in 1916 was the 40th Battalion of World War 1. The 2nd 40th distinguished itself in Timor in World War 11.”

“A comparatively new service, the British Royal Army Service Corps was put on a permanent basis in 1889. The Australian Army service Corps served with distinction in the 1st and 2nd World Wars supplying stores and equipment to front-line forces. It plays a very important role in today’s modern army.”

“The soldier depicted is an Australian infantryman. He served in France, where such ANZAC battle honours as Fromelles, Ypres, Messines, Somme, Cobrie, Villiers-Bretonneux, Hamel, Peronne, Mt. St. Quentin, and the Hindenberg Line were added to the Australian military laurels which included Gallipoli and Lone Pine.”

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