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Brass button with military insignia


Brass button with military insignia

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Physical description

A small brass button with military insignia on the face and a brass shank on the reverse. The insignia features a bird and a crown and is used for Royal Australian Air Force service. Stamped text on the reverse of the button reads 'STOKES & SONS'.

Statement of significance

The Parsons Collection consists of a wide range of material relating to John Parsons' Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) career during World War II, his 1941 marriage to Sylvia Johnson and their early postwar life. The collection includes his uniforms and kitbag; items thought to have been souvenired from the 1940 Canberra air crash; and photographs connected with his operational tours to New Guinea in 1942-3 and to Borneo in 1945. The Parsons' wartime wedding is represented by Sylvia's wedding dress, cake decorations and other accessories, a teapot and two framed wedding photographs. Their early postwar life is illustrated by photographs and documents relating to their building and purchase of a war service home in Canberra.

Through its rich range of objects, photographs and documents, this collection illustrates how two young Australians experienced the Second World War: one ground crew in the RAAF and the other a working war bride. Its significance rests in its range and complexity.

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