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Uniform buttons: Stokes
This is the Australian Army corps that trainee officers are assigned to after initial training.
British: Machine Gun corps by J. Gaunt & sons.
It was formed in October 1915. Part of the corps would become the tank corps.
New Zealand sweetheart brooch:
This New Zealand artillery button by Stokes & Sons was made into a sweetheart brooch.
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I received 4 of the Coronet buttons … if anyone needs one?
Stokes & Sons:
South Australian Mounted Rifles; Probably SA General Service.
The original South Australian Mounted Rifles served in the 2nd Boer War from 1899-1901. The current The 3rd/9th Light Horse (South Australian Mounted Rifles) (3/9 SAMR) was formed in 1948 as a continuation of previously existing South Australian light horse regiments.
A . J. Parkes:
The West Australian Police Force formally came into existence in 1853, although there were part time constables, etc. from the origin of the colony in 1829. It is responsible for the largest single police durisdiction of 2.5 million square kilometres.
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Uniform buttons by Stokes:
Australian Army Psychology Corps:
According to the Army; “The Australian Army Psychology Corps provides support to Army on operations and in garrison, in the areas of specialist selection assessment, individual psychological assessment and counselling, advice to commanders on mental health issues, specialist training support, critical incident mental health support, psychology research and operational mental health screening.” It was formed in 1952, replacing the AA Psychology Service that had been in operation from 1949.
Royal Australian Army Dental Corps:
Prior to 1943 dentists were part of the Australian Army Medical Corps. The Corps gained the Royal prefix in 1948. (I guess dragons need good teeth to fight.)
Australian Army Intelligence Corps:
The current Corps was formed in 1939 and has been allied with its British counterparts since 1950. Its duties include intelligence, security, passport control, rail, air and shipping security, censorship, prisoner of war interrogation and data compilation.
The insignia, modelled on the British version, has a red and white tudor rose flanked by laurel leaves.
New finds from New Zealand:
Falcon Buttons was renames from Buttons (NZ) in 1945. This aerial photo from 1952 shows the factory in Penrose, Auckland. (see National Library NZ https://natlib.govt.nz/records/23504914 ). They made melamine kitchen/picnic ware in the 1960s.