PEACE COMES TO LIVERPOOL | Patriotic fundraising with a difference


As World War I dragged on from 1914 to 1918 it was fairly common on Sydney streets during each tragic year to see women selling button badges in aid of the men fighting overseas and their families back in Australia.

Selling button badges was one of many methods used to raise funds on the home front and there was seemingly no limit to the themed button badge days orchestrated in Australia and, to a greater degree, in Great Britain.

A sample of these special days over the years included: Red Cross Day, Wounded Soldiers’ Day, Wattle Day, Our Discharged Soldiers’ Day, Suffering Nations’ Day, Salvation Army Day, Hospital Day, Fighting Men’s Day and the like.

Proceeds went to people in Italy, Serbia, Montenegro and Russian Poland.


One example was King George Day on June 2,1916, the proceeds of which went to the afflicted peoples of Italy, Serbia, Montenegro and Russian Poland.

For a talk about a subject not covered as it deserves, avid collectors and researchers of button badges and tinnies NickPezikian and DavidAnderson will give a free talk at Liverpool Regional Museum, “Wartime Fundraising”, on Saturday, November 17, 1.30pm to 3pm. They’ll also launch their book, Commonwealth Button Fund: WWI Patriotic & Fundraising Badges. Copies for sale (cash only please).

  • Peace Comes to Liverpool is open to the public Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10am to 4pm, at Liverpool Regional Museum, 462 Hume Highway. Free talks on Saturdays until November 24. Details, bookings: or the museum, 9602 0472.
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