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Waterside Workers Federation of Australia Sydney Branch, In memory of our fallen members at the front

Object type
Commemorative banners

Object number
1986.0040.0001

Description
Trade Union double-sided commemorative memorial banner. Executed in many coloured oil paints on canvas, the front depicts an allegorical woman in loose flowing robes, whose left breast is exposed. She is holding a billowing Australian red ensign on a staff in her right hand, and supporting a fasces in her left, which is an allegory symbolising strength through unity. She is flanked by clusters of different types of flowers that are commonly found across New South Wales. "WATERSIDE WORKERS' FEDERATION / OF AUSTRALIA / SYDNEY BRANCH" is in an aqua band above her, and the dedication "In Memory / OF / OUR FALLEN / MEMBERS / at the FRONT" is in gold in a black circle below her on her left side. Another circle on her lower right side contains a vignette of workers standing atop massed sacks next to a small railway freight wagon containing sacks, which they are loading or unloading. The motto "UNITY IS / STRENGTH" is in an aqua scroll below the woman. The back of the banner depicts waterside workers undertaking a variety of activities on the dock beside a green and white ship that is moored there. The bannner has 22 looped tabs along the top edge so it can be suspended from a wooden rod.

Collection name
Waterside Workers Federation of Australia (Sydney Branch) collection

Producer
Waterside Workers Federation of Australia (Sydney Branch)

Place made
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Date made
1914 - 1920
Approximate

Associated organisation
Waterside Workers Federation of Australia (Sydney Branch)

Associated organisation
Australian Army

Associated organisation
Royal Australian Navy

Associated place
Sydney Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Associated place
Middle East

Associated place
Gallipoli, Turkey

Associated place
Belgium

Associated place
France

Associated place
Germany

Associated place
Papua New Guinea

Associated period
1914

Materials
Canvas, Oil paint, Wood

Dimensions
Width: 3335mm
Height: 3840mm
Depth: 90mm



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