Union Wall Plaque - Federated Railway Loco Engineers Association of Australasia

Production date
Circa 1920
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Object detail

Description
A wooden plaque consisting of three wooden discs, two flags and four wooden cylinder tubes. The centre disc features a brass locomotive along with the outline of the Australian continent behind it. The wall plaque also has a wooden Australian Red Ensign flag along with a Union Jack flag, one on either side of the central disc. Below the centre disc, two smaller wooden discs are linked by wooden cylinders. One has '1914' carved into it while the other has '1919'.
Production date
Circa 1920
Measurements
H900 x W1130 x D90mm
Media/Materials description
Silky Oak
Brass
Paint
Signature/Marks
LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEMEN FIREMEN & CLEANERS ASSOC ion \ OF AUSTRALASIA
WAR DECLARED AUGUST \ 1914
PEACE PROCLAIMED JUNE \ 1919
History and use
The Federated Railway Locomotive Engineers Association of Australia had its naissance in the Locomotive Engine Drivers' Association founded in 1861 to establish standards for skilled drivers. The Association had its annual meeting in Brisbane in 1920, at which time this memorial may have been unveiled. At that same meeting, Ben Chifley, at the time the New South Wales Association delegate, proposed the formation of The Australian Federated Union of Locomotive Enginemen.

This wall plaque recognises the contributions of members of the Federated Railway Locomotive Engineers Association of Australia, to the First World War. It is dated 1914-1919 in recognition of the Treaty of Versailles. The Federated Railway Locomotive Engineers Association of Australia also presented certificates to its members, recognising their service in the war. The plaque depicts the insignia of the Association in three dimensions, including the undulation of the flags atop the plaque and the three dimensional model of a steam locomotive fixed into a relief map of Australia. These motifs also appear on the certificates issued by the association.
Registration number
R3274

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