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2007/210/1 Badge, 'White Australia Policy', copper-nickel / aluminium, maker unknown, [Sydney, New South Wales, Australia / Melbourne, Victoria, Australia], c. 1920. Click to enlarge.

'White Australia Policy' badge

Made
This badge is material evidence of a shameful period in Australia's history, when exclusionary and racist practices were openly supported in public policy and government legislation. The development of the White Australia Policy can be traced to growing resentment against Chinese miners arriving in Australia during the gold rushes in the second half of the 19th century. This attitude led to riots at Lambing Flat (Young) in New South Wales and Buckland River in Victoria and ultimately to formal …

Summary

Object No.

2007/210/1

Object Statement

Badge, 'White Australia Policy', copper-nickel / aluminium, maker unknown, [Sydney, New South Wales, Australia / Melbourne, Victoria, Australia], c. 1920

Physical Description

Badge, 'White Australia Policy', copper-nickel / aluminium, maker unknown, [Sydney, New South Wales, Australia / Melbourne, Victoria, Australia], c. 1920

Circular fob badge with suspension loop at top. At the centre is a map of Australia in silvered (white) wash on aluminium.

On the front of the badge across the map are the words 'WHITE / AUSTRALIA', and the circular brass border bears the words 'AUSTRALIA FOR THE AUSTRALIANS'.

On the back of the badge, the map bears the word 'PROTECTION' and the border is incribed 'POPULATION PRODUCTION PROGRESS'.

Marks

Legend on front around border 'AUSTRALIA FOR THE AUSTRALIANS', encircling map of Australia with inscription 'WHITE / AUSTRALIA'.Legend on rear around border 'POPULATION PRODUCTION PROGRESS' encircling map of Australia with inscription 'PROTECTION'.

Dimensions

Height

25 mm

Width

22 mm

Depth

2 mm

Production

Notes

The badge was probably made around 1920. Although the maker is not known. it was most likely manufactured in Sydney, Melbourne or (less likely), England. Other White Australia badges are marked as made in England.

In 1919 the Prime Minister William (Billy) Hughes hailed the White Australia Policy as 'the greatest thing we have achieved'. The badge dates to around the time of this comment and reflects the widespread popularity of Australia's exclusionist and racist immigration policy.

History

Notes

The provenance of this badge is unknown.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 2001

Acquisition Date

10 December 2007

Cite this Object

Harvard

'White Australia Policy' badge 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 10 May 2021, <https://ma.as/343885>

Wikipedia

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