Badge, Australasian Massage Association

Country
Australia
State/Province
New South Wales
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Description
Badge, shield shape, black enamel, open book at bottom, hand holding geometric design.
Classification
CH classification NUMISMATICS (MEDALS AND OTHER) Badges Civil
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Measurements
26 x 20
Media/Materials description
Sterling Silver (Metals - Non-Ferrous)
Enamel (Surface Treatments)
History and use
The Australasian Massage Association was formed ca.1906, with a Queensland branch formed soon after. During World War 1 (WW1) massage therapy gained prominence as a treatment for various war-related injuries and illnesses, and was believed to be especially useful for sufferers of shellshock. By 1915 special massage services were provided for the troops, including by the Australian Imperial Force (AIF). Massage was routinely used in rehabilitation hospitals and other services during and after the War.

This badge belonged to World War 1 veteran Pearl Constance French nee Paten, a nurse who joined the Army Massage Service of the AIF in October 1918. She continued work as a masseuse after the war.
Registration number
N7079

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