Alternative Name(s): Button, Pin

World War I-era pressed tin fundraising badge - 'For Our Fighting Men'. The central image is the Australian National Flag on a red background with a light-blue border.

One of 24 fundraising badges attached to a black velvet ribbon. Purchased and collected by the donor's great-grandmother, Mrs Lillie Mary Holinger, in Melbourne (probably Canterbury).

Badges were worn or displayed on ribbons during and after World War I, commemorating involvement in the war effort and expressing patriotism. They were generally made to raise funds for particular causes, including comforts and medical aid for those serving overseas; assisting widows and children of deceased soldiers; and assisting with the purchase of aids and treatment for soldiers who returned with disabilities.

Physical Description

Circular presssed tin badge featuring the image of the Australian flag raised on a pole and rippling as if in a breeze. Flag is against a red circulra background, bordered in pale blue. Written around the border is capitalised text. At the bottom of the badge in the pale-blue border appears to be a belt buckle with notches. The paper image on the badge is affected by rust. The back of the badge is a dull tin with minor rust. A bent nail has been utilised as the pin and is attached through a hole in the back of the badge.

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