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

Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

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fern
new zealand
wool

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