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88/394-1 Button and clip (1 of 5), brass, 'Aboriginal Native Police', made in Britain, United Kingdom, Europe, used in Australia, Oceania, 1842-1856. Click to enlarge.

'Aborigines/VR' police uniform button

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In the nineteenth century Aboriginal men served as troopers in various 'native police' forces. These forces, which consisted of uniformed, armed and mounted Aboriginal troopers under the command of white officers, were created to keep the peace between Aborigines and white settlers in the frontier districts. In reality, they helped to quell the resistance of the traditional owners and open the land to European settlement.

Aborigines were chosen as troopers because of their superior knowledge …

Summary

Object No.

88/394-1

Object Statement

Button and clip (1 of 5), brass, 'Aboriginal Native Police', made in Britain, United Kingdom, Europe, used in Australia, Oceania, 1842-1856

Physical Description

Button and clip (1 of 5), brass, 'Aboriginal Native Police', made in Britain, United Kingdom, Europe, used in Australia, Oceania, 1842-1856
Button with concave back, consisting of a garter band with the inscription "ABORIGINES/ VR" within, surmounted by a crown. The reverse of the button, has a loop for attachment and is inscribed "NEW HOLLAND" Ex Sir John Ferguson & L. Barton collections.

Marks

Insignia of unit on obverse, stamped, "ABORIGINES/ V.R." within garter and surmounted by Queen Victoria crown.Location of regiment on reverse, stamped, in concentric circle around edge of button, "NEW HOLLAND".

Dimensions

Depth

9 mm

Production

Notes

Unknown

History

Used

  • c. 1840

Notes

The button was once in the collection of Sir John Ferguson, a judge and President of the Royal Australian Historical Society. Purchased by the museum from Mr Len Barton in 1988.

Cite this Object

Harvard

'Aborigines/VR' police uniform button 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 1 July 2022, <https://ma.as/85030>

Wikipedia

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