Description: War Widow’s Guild of Australia – Lapel Badge

Maker’s Name: A J Parkes

Condition: Very Good

Comments: War Widow’s Guild of Australia – Lapel Badge Now a scarce and highly desirable badge. Stirling Silver hallmarked. 12mm in size.

The Guild was originally established in Victoria in November 1945 by a war widow, Mrs Jessie Mary Vasey OBE CBE, whose husband Major-General George A Vasey CB CBE DSO and bar, was killed on active service during World War II. The Guild was established in NSW in June 1946 and by the end of 1947 there were Guilds in each state and the Guild became federated.

The Guild’s origins were as a craft guild to help widows to learn skills that would help them to support themselves and their children financially, given the meagre war widows pension paid as compensation to widows.

Mrs Vasey was President of the National Guild from its inception until her death in 1966.