Unofficial history of the Australian
& New Zealand Armed
Cloth Trade badges of the
Many of the
trade badges worn by the British Army were also worn in Australia. Many
of those can be seen at Trade 1 , Trade
2 , or Trade 3
The Drill Instructor's
badge (left) had crossed swords
over crossed bugles all surmounted by a crown. Silver on scarlet.
Instructional Staff Tank Driver's badge
(now Artificer). Silver on scarlet
for Victorian Volunteers 1860. Gold on blue, Victorian Military Forces
(now Artificer). This 1920 version
is in Russia braid.
who put horse-shoes on horses). In gold or silver (left) or worsted
(right). The Branch of Service determined the backing colour.
Also referred to as
Victorian Military Forces. Gold on a coloured backing depending on
Branch of Service.
1893. Victorian Mounted Rifles >>>
Note the absence of a chain.
A collar maker was a person skilled in
making the collars that went around the necks of draught bullocks and
draft horses for the artillery and transport sections of the Army.
1931 worsted >>>
Saddler's were men skilled in making
and repairing saddles and harness
Army Signaler: Victorian Military
Forces 1893. Gold on blue or scarlet.
Flag Signaler. Victorian Military
Forces 1893. Gold on scarlet or blue
Australian Military Forces 1906.
In gold or silver.
Worsted. Australian Military Forces 1912.
Worsted. Australian Military Forces 1912. variation
On khaki service dress. 1940
On khaki drill 1940.
Victorian Military Forces. 1893.
Colour dependent on Branch of Service
Gold on blue. Victorian Military
1912. Worsted. variation
Bugler. AMF 1922.
Gold or silver. Colonial forces. Bandmaster wore a crown above this
Bullion collar badges.
Victorian Volunteers 1875 Silver.
1950 Embroidered on khaki
Embroidered on rifle green for PIR. 1950 onwards.
on jungle green circa 1965
and Carpenter Badge. AMF
1931. Gold on khaki
& Carpenter. Worsted. AMF
(Mechanical Transport) AMF 1931
Class Driver (Mechanical Transport) AMF
Cyclist badge. WW1
Badge Victorian Military Forces 1893. Geneva Cross on white.
Stretcher bearer. AMF 1912. Gold
Stretcher Bearer badges
Worsted on khaki.
1st Class Swordsman (Cavalry). Gold
Swordsman's badge. Gold
on khaki. (later the Physical Training Instructor's badge) >>>
Victorian Engineer's badge/s
by J K Cossum.
Worn on the left forearm, the badge was awarded to the best men of a Field Company, Victorian Engineers,
not exceeding 10% of strength. Early badges were made of gold bullion, sewn onto red or green felt, and in
1 8 71 were changed to be made in solid nickel-silver and sewn onto either red or dark blue felt, cut in the shape
o f a shield. The design of the badge was a gabion surmounted with a felling axe crossed with pick and shovel,
rifle and bayonet and pontoon anchor. The scroll at the base having the motto, 'AUT PACE AUT
BELLO, V ICTORIA'. In 1893, the motto changed to 'PRO DEO ET PATRIA, VICTORIA'.
images from Australian Army Badges: Cloth insignia of the Army in
Australia 1860-1993 by J K Cossum ISBN 0 949530 14 X