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2007/176/1 Protest badges (7), metal / plastic / paper, various makers, Australia, 1970-1990. Click to enlarge.

Collection of protest badges

These badges are part of a collection of material donated to the Museum by Ms Gwenda Woods.

Ms Woods was an Australian Marijuana Party candidate for the Senate elections in 1980 and a campaigner for the reform of legislation relating to marijuana. Gwenda Woods became a paraplegic in 1981 and used marijuana for medicinal purposes instead of other commonly prescribed drugs. Ms Woods was also an active member of the Australian branch of NORML (National Organisation for the Reform of Marijuana …


Object No.


Object Statement

Protest badges (7), metal / plastic / paper, various makers, Australia, 1970-1990

Physical Description

Six round metal badges advocating the legalisation of marijuana or an anti-nuclear or electoral message.

"HIGH! I'M NORML ARE YOU?" National Organisation for Reform of Marijuana Laws"
"Cannabis Research Foundation Australia"
"Australian Marijuana Party, The best deal yet"
"Realise, legalise"
"NORML Australia"
"Hiroshima Never again"
"Think again, Vote Liberal"- Made by Patricks Badges Pty Ltd.




One of the badges was made by Patricks Badges Pty Ltd, Melbourne between 1970 and 1990.



The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) was founded in 1970, and since then, the organisation has played a central role in the cannabis decriminalisation movement. The organisation has a large grassroots network with 135 chapters and over 550 lawyers. The Australian chapter no longer exists.


Credit Line

Gift of Ms Gwenda Woods, 2007

Acquisition Date

12 November 2007

Cite this Object


Collection of protest badges 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 14 June 2021, <https://ma.as/371675>


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