1884 Jersey Badge - Gold Fern; Unknown; 1880s; 2009/108/1
1884 Jersey Badge - Gold FernAbout 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
14.5 x 8cmCredit Line
Fern on loan from the Roberts familyObject Type
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