Alternative Name(s): Button

This badge was made by A.W. Patrick, circa 1954. They are a business with a tradition of creating badges, having made them for World War I as well as continuing to do so into the 21st century. The badge was acquired under Taxation Incentives for the Arts Scheme. Andrew collected these badges over a fifteen year period during which he undertook much research in the field of Trade Union material culture, and had extensive contact with the Trade Union movement Australia wide.

As the Sydney Herald noted on the 3rd of May 1954, participation in May Day celebrations at the time was mostly confined to members of unions or Communist parties. An article in the paper claims that 7,000 people marched while 40,000 were just spectators. Different organisations and parties would choose various slogans and themes for their involvement. In contrast with another 1954 May Day badge in the Museum Victoria collection specifically commemorating the Eureka Stockade, this one bears a general message of unity and peace.

Physical Description

Circular red button with black printing curving around border at top and bottom. In middle white flag, black outline, black printing on flag, flag attached to black flag pole.

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