Historical information

The buckle was awarded to nurses after successful passing of their first year examination ("first professional") and was a prized object. When the buckle was withdrawn in 1972 with the introduction of a new style of trainee nurses uniform without belt and buckle nurses protested at the change. In response the buckle was then awarded after the staffing year.

Physical description

Circular silver metal buckle with four pierced circular sections spaced at equidistant intervals around the buckle's edge.

Inscriptions & markings

Intertwined initials of hospital 'SVH' in blue enamel edged with silver metal on circular relief at centre of badge.
Manufacturer's name 'Swann & Hudson Frankston' inscribed on reverse of badge.