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Old 26-01-18, 11:34 PM
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I will have access to my list in about a week's time, so will report back, if nothing comes up in the interim

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Old 01-02-18, 09:04 PM
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Appreciate that Tim.
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Old 01-02-19, 01:48 AM
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Hi

If anyone is offering, I've got a one of those badges (it came with some other named items) It would be interesting to see if that number tallies up with the named pieces!
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Old 01-02-19, 02:03 AM
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Hi

This is NOT the badge that I mentioned in the previous post but when I looked at the images I'd taken of the other one, I realised that I do have a lot to learn about using a camera! I'l still upload them if you want me to.

I do have one of those big bronze jobbies but I don't appear to have noted the number on the back of it.

Anyhow, this one was purchased from a seller in Australia who rescued it from a skip!

Anyone want to contribute some details?
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Old 01-02-19, 04:13 AM
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We had a thread on these a year or two ago, and someone cleverer than me might access it for you. I put in a scan from my files of three or four different Munitions Worker and association badges, really unusual items.
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Old 01-02-19, 12:12 PM
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heres a gold and enamel
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Old 01-02-19, 12:40 PM
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Hi Allyn

first, my humble apologies: seems I never got back to you! Better late than never, I suppose...

The Munitions Worker badge you have, #4331, was issued to a G. Cheyne.

Sorry, I don't have any other info, but having a name is always a good start

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Old 01-02-19, 11:36 PM
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Thanks for following up Tim.
Dennis (IronSide) came back with the same name pretty much straight away.
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Old 14-02-19, 08:49 PM
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Hi

Thanks to Tim's sterling work, I've now identified my big bronze Australia badge (3013). The surname (Tyson) was a little unusual and this has led to a most interesting wander through the pages of TROVE (Australian National Archives newspaper database).

It would appear that he was the nephew of an immensely wealthy "squatter" who had a vast land holding in the 19th century.

I've still yet to determine what the "special skill" he had to offer that entitled him to the badge but, from what I've read about the issue of the badge and if I've read this correctly, it may be sufficient for him to have offered his services as "manpower" in the UK.

As the numbers on these badges seem to head towards the high 4,000 range (anyone seen something close to 5,000?) it is conceivable that being fit and able was enough...

Not got "Australians Awarded" to hand at present so I should maybe re-read the entry!
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Old 14-02-19, 08:58 PM
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Hi

Just re-read the post about "G. Cheyne". Again, I wouldn't think that this is an especially common surname ( at least not "W. Smith"...) so go to TROVE of NAA and see what turns up. George (?????) CHEYNE may have tried to enlist but was rejected so there could be a file for him at NAA.

Hope this helps!
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Old 27-03-19, 01:59 AM
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Hi

If anyone is still looking there is a George CHEYNE lsited as a "munitions worker" in a file at Australian Archives and there are also quite a few mentions of "George Cheyne" in the Australian newspaper archive, Trove.

The file form NAA would need to be requested or copied by someone who goes there on a regular basis.

Hard to really identify which Cheyne they are reporting about but I did find an advertisement for an "electrician" in the 1920s (from memory). This COULD be the guy from WW1......
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Wow dumdum... you are like a dog with a bone. Super persistent. Thanks for tracking that down. Turns out no-one in the family has any idea who this guy is. Cheers.
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Old 02-04-19, 01:14 AM
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Hi

No worries. It's always fun looking for this stuff, believe me. My wife thinks I need a hobby and I tell her that I've already got one!

A pleasure to help!
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Have a bronze badge number 2602 if any one has any info thanks .

Rob
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Old 17-04-19, 03:05 AM
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Hi Rob

"Chipper" is the guy for this stuff!

Once you get a name you might find that he has a file at Australian National Archives.
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