Old Catalogue
Manuscripts, oral history and pictures catalogue
Adlib Internet Server 5
Try the new catalogue. Start exploring now ›


  • Title
    Sir William Dixson collection of badges from button day appeals in Australia, and military insignia, 191-? - 194-?
  • Creator
  • Call number
    SAFE/DR 275
  • Level of description
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    Charity badges - on strips of fabric material, wooden dowel - 67 x 85.5 cm

    During both World Wars I and II and the period between them, badges were frequently used to generate income and improve morale through nationalistic designs and sentiments. Button Day appeals were used to raise funds for particular causes, often identified by flower names such as Rose Day or Waratah Day.

    In addition to a variety of flower day badges, this collection holds a range of badges supporting war causes such as Red Triangle Day during WW1, and the WW2 Tin Hat Day appeals. Some badges depict political leaders of the time including Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill and the King Of England. Other charitable appeals are represented including badges for the Red Cross, Legacy, The Australian Comforts Fund and The Hospital Saturday Appeals.

    The collection was suggested to Sir William Dixson by his housekeeper, Miss Turner.

    Paul Donnelly, Curator, Design, History & Society, February 2009

    Sir William Dixson Bequest: Checklist, prepared by Albert Henry Spencer, 1952.
    Dixson Library, State Library of NSW, Call no. DLMSQ 203-206, no. 105 (c).
  • Scope and Content
    The collection features 556 badges, including 8 military insignia items, which are pinned to 9 strips of material hanging from a piece of wooden dowel. As at 20/08/2012, 28 additional badges that have detached from the material strips, are stored in a separate box.

    The collection includes badges for the following appeals:
    ACF (Australian Comforts Fund)
    AIF Memorial
    Airmen’s Day
    Allies Day
    Anti-TB Appeal
    Anzac House
    Australia Legion of Ex-Service Men and Women
    Australian Prisoners of War
    Avanti 1918
    Benevolent Society of New South Wales
    China Appeal Day
    Chinese Comforts Fund
    Church of England War Work
    Day Nurseries Nursery School
    Food for Britain
    France’s Day
    Hospital Saturday Fund
    In Peace as in War
    Italian Red Cross Day 1918
    Joseph Stalin
    Kindergarten Union
    Lord Mayor’s Patriotic Fund Appeal Day
    Medical Aids and Comforts to Russia
    Merchant Navy
    Mudgee Centenary 1921
    Navy League
    No Justice without Equality
    NSW Society for Crippled Children
    Old Contemptibles Day – Fairy Folkes, Miss Australia
    Our Boys Need Reinforcements
    Our Day
    Partially Blinded Soldiers
    Police Citizens Boys Club
    Red Cross
    Red Triangle Day – 1 June 1917
    Rose Day
    Royal Australian Historical Society
    Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Jubilee 1868-1918
    Sailors’ Day
    Soldiers Poppy Day
    St John Ambulance
    St Margaret’s Hospital
    The Spastic Centre
    The Sydney City Mission Annual Appeal
    Tin Hat Day
    Totally and Permanently Disabled Soldiers
    United Protestant Homes
    Viva L’Italia 1918
    War Chest – For Our Soldiers 1917
    War Orphans Appeal - Legacy
    Waratah Day
    Winston Churchill
    Youth Welfare Association

    This is not a complete list of the badges in the collection, as not all badges have identifying names.
  • Access Conditions

    Access via appointment
  • Copying Conditions
    Copyright status:: Out of copyright
    Please acknowledge:: Dixson Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    Digital order no:Album ID : 1061001
  • Name
  • Subject
  • Topic
  • Exhibited in

    Quick March! The Children of World War I - State Library of New South Wales (16 March - 13 October, 2019)
  • Open Rosetta viewer

View Media Files


Share this result by email