Australian Badges: Military
Stokes, Amor, A.J. Parkes and other some-time button makers also made a large variety of metal badges, for the military, clubs, schools, government departments, etc.
During the Boer Wars, Stokes designed and supplied “distinctive badges”, modified from the Commonwealth Horse badge, for contingents to South Africa in 1902. These distinctive badges would, with some design modifications, become what we know of as the Rising Sun badge (a.k.a. Commonwealth Pattern badge as used during WW1 and WW2).
Starting from Federation, there was a need for uniform badges and other accroutrements for the Commonwealth Military Forces and the Royal Australian Artillery.
Many commemorative badges were produced during and after both wars, but they were not to be misused!
Commonwealth of Australia Gazette, 12th January 1956 pages 77-78.
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