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Why I got into badge collecting. I love Australian history & badges, to me, were the perfect way to make contact with that history, but I soon realised I had bitten off more than I could chew. I was purchasing all sorts of badges, including many a time – duplicates, triplicates & other number multiples ending with “licates”. Also, I rarely knew what was fair value & i found that some sellers often didn’t seem to know about the particular badges & sometimes I found myself…

Doubting what I was being told. Were they as rare, were they as old as thought? Were they indeed Australian? I remember looking at a badge such as one with text French Red Cross (or British or Italian Red Cross for that matter) not realising at the time that Australia even a century ago was very outward-looking & considered itself a world citizen & would raise funds (& host visits of dignitaries of these organisations) for such organisations. Even Red Stars (manufactured by AMOR, Sydney) at first blush may not seem – to the initiated – to be an Australian badge, but they obviously are…

Anyway, I believe Australian badges and their stories are important & that their stories should be told – they are so often fascinating & the stories often open the door onto a world we didn’t know. This is why I research & write Australian Badge Guides – to “rescue” such often long-forgotten stories & to help someone like me starting out all those years ago on this fabulous (& much over-looked) & rewarding hobby. We have developed…

so many titles because we soon realised that there were so many different types of Australian fundraising badges that we were interested in, as well as club badges. This has seen us recently expand into releasing editions for the Salvation Army (Australia), the YMCA/YWCA (Australia), as well as updating editions for Australia Day, Wattle Day, the Australian Comforts Fund, Anzac Day, Legacy Day, & the Australian Red Cross to name but a few… We are busy developing a new charity badge guide (featuring one 200 badges & already through the 70 page mark). anyway, so…

How can an Australian Badge Guide help you? A “one stop shop” for loads of information about your badge collecting interest. Varieties – where known – are identified. Prices are listed. & it allows you to give structure for your collection – so you don’t end up collecting duplicates, triplicates etc., – while also guiding you to know what to look for so your collection can expand. In addition, the Guides offer you the opportunity to contribute to “the knowledge” so to speak by identifying badges you may have seen.

As I say, Often the information about Australia’s fundraising buttons, badges and pin is scant to non-existent.  Or worse, incorrect!  Badge collectors – whether they are sellers or buyers – and those people who are just interested in Australian history – all deserve better.  Much better.  For knowledge is power and I genuinely believe that Australia’s fundraising buttons, badges and pins are extremely interesting historical artefacts which are currently undervalued (and probably under-appreciated) when one looks at what buttons in the USA are fetching if Collectables Price Guides are to be believed.

The Australian Badge Guides to Australia’s Fundraising Buttons, Badges and Pins (for various appeal days such as Anzac Day and Australia Day) are typically updated annually. Each guide includes photos of badges (some with backs of badges), prices, descriptions of the badge, research about the badge as well as descriptions of the particular fundraising day.

So, if you are interested in Australian social and cultural history dating back to World War One, you may be interested in our Australian Badge Guides.  Currently we have the following titles (by year) available to purchase. These include:

2017 Anzac Day – Australian Badge Guide 6th edition [661 full-colour images; 271 references; 102 pages in length] – available from this website (e-Book) & eBay Australia (hard copy)

2017 Australia’s Badge Makers – Australian Badge Guide 5th edition [122 full-colour images; 269 references; 56 pages in length; 41 badge makers] – available @ https://payhip.com/b/1MBo (eBook) & eBay Australia

2016 Australia Day Book 1st edition [167 full-colour images; 191 references; 59 pages in length] – available from eBay Australia

2017 Australia Day – Australian Badge Guide 5th edition [502 full-colour images; 420 references; 108 pages in length] – available from this website (eBook) & eBay Australia (hard copy)

2017 Australian Comfort Fund – Australian Badge Guide 5th edition [309 full-colour images; 367 references; 76 pages in length] – available from this website (eBook) & eBay Australia (hard copy)

2016 Australia’s Flags: The Red, Blue and Union Ensigns Australian Badge Guide 1st edition [196 full-colour images; 255 references; 66 pages in length] – available @ https://payhip.com/b/rmOo (eBook) & eBay Australia (hard copy)

2015 Australian Charities – Australian Badge Guide 1st edition [341 full-colour images; 256 references; 106 pages in length] – available @ https://payhip.com/b/Ff36 (eBook) & eBay Australia (hard copy)

2016 Australian Red Cross – Australian Badge Guide 5th edition [868 full-colour images; 471 references; 142 pages in length] – available @ https://payhip.com/b/N5hc (eBook) & eBay Australia (hard copy)

2015 Gould League of Bird Lovers NSW – Australian Badge Guide 1st edition [40 full-colour images; 76 references; 15 pages in length] – available @ https://payhip.com/b/XYMe (eBook) & eBay Australia (hard copy)

2017 Legacy – Australian Badge Guide 6th edition [472 full-colour images; 222 references; 74 pages in length] – available from this website (eBook) & from eBay Australia (hard copy)

2016 People from the Community on Badges: Memory of a Nation – Australian Badge Guide 5th edition [251 full-colour images; 904 references; 133 pages in length] – available @ https://payhip.com/b/GtVp (eBook) & eBay Australia (hard copy)

2015 Poppy Day – Australian Badge Guide 3rd edition [55 full-colour images; 91 references; 24 pages in length] – available @ https://payhip.com/b/jzDi (eBook) & eBay Australia (hard copy)

2017 Radio, TV, Film and Newspaper Club badges – Australian Badge Guide 2nd edition [269 full-colour images; 558 references; 106 pages in length] – available from this website (eBook) & eBay Australia (hard copy)

2015 Rose Day – Australian Badge Guide 4th edition [64 full-colour images; 79 references; 26 pages in length] – available @ https://payhip.com/b/bfle (eBook) & eBay Australia (hard copy)

2017 Salvation Army (Australia) – Australian Badge Guide 3rd edition [244 full-colour images; 271 references; 61 pages in length] – available from this website (e-Book) & eBay Australia (hard copy)

2017 South Australia’s World War One Badges – Australian Badges Book 2nd edition [374 full-colour images; 755 references; 161 pages in length] available from this website (eBook) & eBay Australia (hard copy)

2017 Tin Hat Day – Australian Badge Guide 3rd edition [58 full-colour images; 96 references; 24 pages in length] – available from this website (eBook) & eBay Australia (hard copy)

2016 Wattle Day – Australian Badge Guide 3rd edition [123 full-colour images; 189 references; 38 pages in length] – available @ https://payhip.com/b/T5vt (eBook) & eBay Australia (hard copy)

2016 World War One: Australia’s War History in Buttons, Badges and Pins (Australia) – Australian Badge Guides 4th edition [676 full-colour images; 917 references; 182 pages in length] – available @ https://payhip.com/b/aMq4 (eBook) & eBay Australia (hard copy)

2016 World War Two: Australian Community Fundraisers by district/region – Australian Badge Guide 1st edition [164 full-colour images; 429 references; 82 pages in length] – available @ https://payhip.com/b/MKN2 (eBook) & eBay Australia (hard copy)

2016 Word War Two: Australian Women on the Home Front – Australian Badge Guide 1st edition [53 full-colour images; 234 references; 46 pages in length] – available @ https://payhip.com/b/DXLv (eBook) & eBay Australia (hard copy)

– 2017 YMCA/YWCA – Australian Badge Guide 2nd edition [117 full-colour images; 155 references; 34 pages] available @ https://payhip.com/b/ozMi (eBook) & eBay Australia (hard copy)

Australian Badge Guides takes me many hours a month to research & write, as well as a considerable financial investment to maintain & sustain given the number of posts made, and research conducted about Australian fundraising badges. Your contribution also helps me to keep the cost down for our Australian Badge Guide titles.

If you find anything of interest, or value, in what I do here at Australian Badge Guides, please consider making a donation when you can in whatever amount you can afford.

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Thank you for your interest in, & contribution to, Australian Badge Guides.

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