More Unusual Australian Army Insignia This time: headdress for the Tri-Service Band.

G’Day All,

Here are two basic ‘snap shots’ taken by the Butler Family (by Arthur’s granddaughter actually), of the headdress insignia used by a member of the Australian Defence Force Tri-Service Band, immediately after 2015 ANZAC Day Dawn Service, at Brisbane’s ANZAC Square.

The first image shows the Tri-Service Band insignia, recorded at CB371  (Type 1).  The second shot shows a modern issue version of the British Army’s Cameron Highlanders’ hat badge.  Earlier production items of similarly ‘adopted’ British insignia, have been used by other Australian Army Bands in the past.  One such directly relevant Cameronian item, is the bonnet badge worn by the 16th Battalion, The Cameron Highlanders of Western Australia (during the 1960’s and 70’s). See the comparison image of that bonnet badge at serial CB 265 of Volume 2

We trust this brief background update on two reasonably obscure Australian Army insignia items, will be of interest to those who subscribe to this blog.


Mark Corcoran and Arthur Butler

Co Authors of:
“Metal Uniform Embellishments of the Australian Army” Post 1953 (the ‘QEII’ era)
Vol 1: Insignia for Corps & Schools Etc and Vol 2: Insignia for Units & Regiments.


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I am the "C" component of the "CB" numbering system used in our book called: Metal Uniform Embellishments of the Australian Army, Post 1953 ('QEII Series') Vol 1 (Insignia for Corps and Schools etc). Yep... that's a mouthful and the 614 page eBook is an eyeful to match... with images of the front and back of each item, as well as weights and measures for each, so that badge variants can be reliably distinguished by collectors, dealers, historians, re-enactor groups and enthusiasts anywhere in the world.

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