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1884 Jersey Badge - Gold Fern; Unknown; 1880s; 2009/108/1

1884 Jersey Badge - Gold Fern; Unknown; 1880s; 2009/108/1
Name/Title
1884 Jersey Badge - Gold Fern
About this object
When New Zealanders first played overseas, they sported dark blue rugby jerseys resplendent with a simple hand-stitched gold fern leaf. After the first ‘outsiders’ (New South Wales) toured the country in 1882, the ‘golden Kiwi’ colonials returned the visit two years later, wearing this rare jersey emblem and whipping the opposition on Australian soil. Their colourful uniform did not stick, and a decade later a New Zealand Rugby Union ruling forever replaced blue with black, and the gold fern with a silver one on our nation’s rugby attire.
Maker
Unknown
Maker Role
Unknown
Date Made
1880s
Place Made
New Zealand
Medium and Materials
Wool
Measurements
14.5 x 8cm
Credit Line
Fern on loan from the Roberts family
Object Type
Jersey Badge
Object number
2009/108/1

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wool


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