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Members badges

Many agricultural societies around Australia issue membership badges, sturdy decorated metal brooches or medals designed to be overtly displayed on a member's clothing. These badges authorise members to come and go through the gates during the annual show and to access 'members only' areas of the showgrounds. Exploring how members badges incorporate various symbols, such as royal crowns and gold details, reveals how show society members have sought to assert a certain social status by virtue of their ownership and control of rural lands.

 


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