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Car badges of the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland from my
collection are displayed on this page. A full description of these badges,
their history and place in the RACQ's first 100 years may be obtained in the
book Car Badges of the RACQ. Please refer to the page
The Automobile Club of Queensland was founded in 1905 but it was
not until 1911 that the first car badge was issued. This followed acceptance by
the RAC in London of the ACQ's application for associate membership. The RAC had
established a system of associate membership to enable regional clubs in the UK
and colonial clubs to obtain many of the benefits of the parent club.
In 1908 it approved a design of car badge which allowed
the incorporation of the associate club's emblem. The first issue
of the ACQ badges was made by Elkinton & Co. of London and the example shown
here is one of the first group of badges to be imported. The general design
was continued until 1916 but this particular badge, No.B24, is of
the earliest RAC associate type. Later examples have differences in the
figure of Mercury, the crown and the wings. "World of Car Badges" Type
In 1916 the ACQ awarded the contract for production of its car badges to
Stokes & Sons of Melbourne, due to the difficulty in sourcing sufficient
badges from the UK. This example is badge No. X300. Type 2.
Royal patronage was awarded to the RACQ in 1921 and the central emblem of the
car badge was altered to reflect the new name. Stokes & Sons made these
badges for about a year. This is badge No. X913. Type 2 Royal.
The Stokes "Royal" badge had only been in circulation for
about a year when the RACQ awarded the contract for badges to Angus & Coote
of Sydney. A new badge was introduced with a light blue cross in the central
emblem and badge numbers were prefixed "A". This example is badge No. A4859.
In 1924 the badge was
changed again with manufacture being done in Brisbane by two local firms, Amor
and Wallace Bishop. This style of badge was to remain in use until 1947 with
numerous slight variations in design occurring during that long period. Badge
numbers continued to be prefixed "A" until the end of the war, although examples
are known with "T" and "AT" prefixes, which are attributed to issues by the
Toowoomba branch of the RACQ, known locally as the Toowoomba Automobile Club.
The issue of badges was suspended during the war and when they were reintroduced
in late 1947 a small number of badges with a "Q" prefix were issued before a new
design (Type 5) was introduced. This badge is a Wallace Bishop version No.
A7275. Types 4A and 4B have slight differences in the design of the crown and
figure of Mercury. The badge above is Type 4A.
These badges are examples of Types 4A & 4B and bear numbers AT0760, T72,
Q209 and, on the right, No. A11244. This badge was made by Amor;
notice the difference in the crown and figure of Mercury compared to the Wallace
Bishop badge No.A7525.
1947 saw the new post-war badge launched with the inscription "Royal
Automobile Club of Queensland" around the rim rather than the traditional RAC
Associate. These badges were the last of the numbered badges to be issued by the
RACQ and remained on issue until early 1951. This example is No. Q 1803.
A new style of badge copied from a design adopted by the RAC, UK was
introduced in April 1951. These were un-numbered, as were all subsequent RACQ
car badges. The design remained in use until 1960. Type 6.
In 1955 the RACQ celebrated its 50th anniversary and produced an
attachment for the Type 6 car badge, to be sold to members with at least 5 years
membership. These were available for members who achieved between
5 and 40 years membership and the badge inserts were in 5 year intervals.
This is a 15 year example.
In 1960 this oval shaped badge was adopted in line with a new corporate
identity program for the club. The badge remained on issue until 1965. Type
In 1965 the centre of the design was changed to RACQ from RAC and this badge
has continued to be available until the present time. Type 8.
This version was introduced to reflect a change in corporate identity in
about 2006. Type 9.
This badge issued in 2010 depicts the newest style of RACQ logo. Type 10.
In 1980 the RACQ celebrated its 75th anniversary and a special car
badge was produced for the occasion. Unlike the Golden Jubilee badge of 1955,
which was available to all members of 5 or more years, this badge required
the member to introduce one new member to the club.
From the very early days of the RACQ the club encouraged members to recruit
new members to the organisation. Various schemes were implemented but it was not
until 1936 that a car badge was awarded to members who successfully persuaded at
least two new members to join the club. The kookaburra Honour Badge
was continued until 1950, but the introduction of three new members rather
than two was required after the war. This badge No.1093 is a perfect,
unused example of its type.
The recruitment program was extended with a further incentive for members who
had introduced two or more members in 1936, by the awarding of a
this kookaburra badge with wreath for those who introduced a further two or
more members in 1937. This example is in perfect condition and is No.30.
In 1938 the kookaburra with wreath badge was replaced by a club badge mounted
on a base and bearing the word "Honour" in place of a membership number. Unlike
the standard membership badge there was no requirement for the Honour badge to
be returned to the club on cessation of membership, and hence the usual
inscription is absent from the rear of the badge. This mint condition example is
50 Year membership badges were first introduced in 1985. Several
versions of this badge have been issued in light, mid and dark blue. A selection
from my collection is shown below.
This last type has a silvered background compared to the gold finish of the
other four versions.
From as early as 1918
the RACQ awarded Honorary Life Membership to those who had given outstanding
service to the club. However, it was not until 1975 that recipients of this
honour were issued with a car badge. An initial order of 40 Honorary Life
Member badges was obtained and this example is badge No.017, which was awarded
to G.E.Thomas of Surfers Paradise in 1975. The RACQ maintains a register of all
Honorary Life Member badges and some unauthorised reproductions are offered for
sale from time to time; so collectors beware!
The Honorary Life Member badge was redesigned in 1983 when a further quantity
of 40 was acquired. These were numbered from 41 - 80 and are still the current
design for those receiving this award. This example is No.64.
Honorary Life Members also receive a lapel badge, of which these are two
examples. The upper one is an early type in enamel and 9ct gold and the other a
later one in sterling silver. These lapel badges measure 13mm wide x 16mm
The RACQ celebrated its centenary year in 2005 and two car badges were issued
for the occasion. A limited edition prestige badge was sold to members,
accompanied by a copy of my book Car Badges of the
RACQ. The badge is a high quality production and this badge is
A cheaper, smaller version of the centenary badge was also made
available to members at a modest price.
The 2005 centenary was also the 80th anniversary of the introduction of road
patrols by the RACQ. To celebrate this milestone a strictly limited edition
badge was produced which was available only to members of road service
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