reference chart for Army Corps & Unit badges circa 1990
- Collar badges are called
- Solid means that there is no
section of the badge void.
- Void means that some of the
material is cut away.
- Some collar dogs are 'reversed' so that the symbol faces
'out' on both sides.
This is referred to as "oppose" or "facing
badge is "solid" except that the Crown is void.
badge is void.
pair of Oxley Regiment collar dogs is set up as left & right
(opposed). This is sometimes referred to as a "facing
These Survey Corps collar dogs are identical.
||Not all hat
badges are metal. Some are Bullion as this one is. Others
are embroidered and during wartime some were plastic and
others were printed.
- No commercial decision should
be based on this information. I believe it to be accurate but
cannot guarantee it.
- I do not buy, sell, trade or
collect so I am not in a position to give valuations. For
valuations please contact a dealer or list with eBay.
- No attempt has been made to
reproduce images to scale.
- Collectors generally refer to
badges by era. Just because a badge is marked here as
1960-1985 it does not imply that the badge was in use for the
whole period nor that it was restricted to that era alone.
- There is often some
"carry over" from one era to another.
- The eras generally accepted are
- Colonial (or
- 1930-1948 (often called
- post 1985
- I have used as reference
- Australian Army
- Part 1, 1930-1942
J.K. Cossum ISBN 0 949530 01 8
- Part 2, 1900-1930
J.K. Cossum ISBN 0 949530 02 6
- Part 3, 1948-1985
J.K. Cossum ISBN 0 949530 05 0
- Australian Army Insignia
1903-1966 A.N. Festberg
- Military Badges of the
Australian Colonies 1800-1903 by Rick Grebert ISBN 0
909458 22 7 Landers Publishing
- Queen Victoria's Own Corps of
Guides, a cavalry unit that served in India, WW1 &
WW2. Not an Australian Unit but it did contain some Aussies.
Sub category index
Any person wishing to collect Australian Military Insignia, should be aware of Section
83 Sub-section 1-7, of the Australian Army Defence Act. The Act states that any person who has military insignia in their possession without lawful authority, has committed an offence and is liable to a fine, and the insignia may be forfeited.
To obtain a permit, a person may contact the Military District Headquarters of their state by letter.
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