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94/227/4 Badge, social comment, 'Cultural independence for Australia', repbulican sympathy, metal/paper/plastic, maker unknown, Australia, 1970-1978. Click to enlarge.

Badge in favour of Australian Republic, 1990s

Made by 1970-1978

This badge, probably made in the 1990s, uses the 1854 Eureka flag as a symbol of republican sympathy. The badge appropriates an illustration from a 1937 children’s book, ‘Blinky Bill and Nutsy: two little Australians’, and substitutes the Eureka flag for the current Australian flag.

Blinky Bill was created by Dorothy Wall, but when the Australian Republican Movement gained permission to use the character as its mascot in 1993, the copyright holder was Yoram Gross Film Studios, which in the sam...

Summary

Object No.

94/227/4

Object Statement

Badge, social comment, 'Cultural independence for Australia', repbulican sympathy, metal/paper/plastic, maker unknown, Australia, 1970-1978

Physical Description

Badge, social comment, 'Cultural independence for Australia', republican sympathy, metal/paper/plastic, maker unknown, Australia, 1970-1978

Large badge, consisting of a circular piece of paper, colour printed, and mounted on a metal base, with safety pin attached to the back. Features an illustration of 'Blinky Bill' carrying the Eureka flag over his shoulder, with the caption: "Cultural independence for Australia". Printed in red, white and blue.

Dimensions

Depth

5 mm

Production

Made

1970-1978

History

Notes

Produced to promote awareness of the concept of Australian cultural independence. Worn by the donor Erica Mann in support of the cause.
Aquired by the donor Erica Mann, for personal use during 1970s.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Erica Mann, 1994

Acquisition Date

19 October 1994

Cite this Object

Harvard

Badge in favour of Australian Republic, 1990s 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 12 November 2019, <https://ma.as/140762>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/140762 |title=Badge in favour of Australian Republic, 1990s |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=12 November 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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