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Old 28-03-19, 02:31 AM
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Default Research on Australian Army insignia items 1091 to 1953

After Arthur Butler and I finished Vols 1 and 2 of our work on post 1953 (metal) insignia worn by Australian Army personnel, the question arose as to whether we would go back further and put out reference works on earlier periods. The answer was always... 'maybe'.

For various reasons, we were reluctant to head down that path too quickly and instead, we looked at updating/revising the first 2 Volumes and then going on to compile Volume 3, which will cover post 1953 (metal) rank and trade insignia. So, we've been quietly working away on that plan. Nevertheless, after a research trip to Canberra last year, we were told that the Australian Army Museum network would support the photographic research needed to compile pre-1953 period reference works. So... 'not to look a gift horse in the mouth', we have also begun work on two new proposed works... covering 1901 through to 1952.

Since the New Year, we have begun photographing and documenting the insignia housed in Australian Army museums in each State. In the process of doing that, we are compiling a list of insignia which are known for each period, although not being included in the Army Museum system or in the AWM's holdings. So, as we complete the current work on the Australian Army Museum holdings, we are approaching collectors who have key accumulations of their own. The hope is, that we will eventually be able to assemble a 'near complete' pictorial record of insignia on issue since federation and up to 'QEII's' accession in1953.

If there is interest amongst forum members, I could post lists of insignia which remain missing from our book photography list and anyone who can help the projects out, can post replies or send me 'private message' if you can help in any way?


To start that ball rolling, please see below, an image of an AWM insignia specimen card, which shows two Officers' collar badges, but neither form a matching pair. This is exactly the sort of problem we expect to confront in tackling the new books... 'incomplete' sets. So, if anyone has a pair of these 24th Btn (Kooyong) Officers' collars that you are willing to let us measure, weigh and photograph, we would be very pleased to hear from you, as we schedule our inter-State museum and private collection visit schedule this year.

Regards and thanks in advance to you all

Mark Corcoran
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Co Author of: “Metal Uniform Embellishments of the Australian Army” Post 1953 (the 'QEII' era) Vol 1: Insignia for Corps and Schools Etc and Vol 2: Insignia for Units and Regiments.
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hi Mark
from the best of my knowledge these badges were made at Stokes Melbourne.
the collar top right with the blue enamel looks very much like the collar pair i bought from them many years ago. they were gold with blue and red enamel. there was no silver koala from memory.
unfortunately i sold them to a dealer about 20+yrs ago.
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Hi Mark

Im happy to help where I can and if you are going to visit the Sigs museum at Simpson Barracks please let me know and I will see that Im there to help you. Its open on a Tuesday.

Regards Phil.
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hi Mark
from the best of my knowledge these badges were made at Stokes Melbourne.
the collar top right with the blue enamel looks very much like the collar pair i bought from them many years ago. they were gold with blue and red enamel. there was no silver koala from memory.
unfortunately i sold them to a dealer about 20+yrs ago.
cheers
bc
Thanks for that information BC... much appreciated!

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Im happy to help where I can and if you are going to visit the Sigs museum at Simpson Barracks please let me know and I will see that Im there to help you. Its open on a Tuesday.

Regards Phil.
Thanks heaps for that offer Phil! As soon as we get a travel-plan sorted, I will be back in touch with you to take up your kind offer

In the meantime... if you have any 'snapshots' (or lists) of the insignia available at Smpson Barracks... that would also be of real help to our photographic visit planning.

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