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History of the Badges of the Australian Army (1903 to 1966)

This section draws heavily on research by Alfred N Festberg as presented in his book Australian Army Insignia 1903-1966. He concentrated only on units in the 1966 Order of Battle.

Corps of Engineers-Australia; Australian Engineers (Militia) & Royal Australian Engineers

Corps of Engineers-Australia 1903-1908. Officers had red enameled circle on gilt. Collars identical Royal Australian Engineers 1908-1912
WW1 era (George V) Australian Engineers hat badge and collar dog set.

Note variation in 'flaming grenade"

Australian Engineers (Militia) 1908-1912. Gilt & enamel for Officers, also silvered. All RAE 1930-1938 Gilt & bronze versions


Officers version with blue enamel garter & label


1939-1942 black oxidized copper; 1946-1955 brass Approved 1949  


Approved 1955 silver & gilt

As painted

Royal Australian Survey Corps

  • Left. Worn in gilding metal from 1930-1939 and in black oxidized copper 1939-1941.


  • Below left. Approved in 1949 and only ever manufactured in collar size but worn as a hat badge.


  • Below right. Approved February 1954.


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