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The story behind the Tribute Collection – Custodians of the Sea

The story behind the Tribute Collection – Custodians of the Sea
27 August 2018 Sophia Sorensen
27 August 2018

Since the centenary of the landings at Gallipoli, Lifewear is proud to be a major part of helping all Australians commemorate and remember those who served by means of the original Tribute Apparel Collection. In the following weeks, let us give you some insights into how and why these incredible designs were created.

The Custodians of the Sea polo focuses on commemorating those who served in the NAVY during the first World War.

The Custodians of the Sea polo honours the Royal Australian Navy’s role in World War One; featuring iconic symbols and images such as the compass, anchor, ships and soldiers.

The role which the Royal Australian Navy played in the first World War is relatively unknown; unlike the Army and soldiers, the Navy was far less documented. Much is unknown about the involvement which the Navy had during the war.

Before the war even began, the young Navy were on watch and continued to do such service many years following the war. The Navy were renown to have courage and endurance; working across seas and the oceans all over the world. The front of the Custodians Of The Sea polo shows a vast shot of the sea out of Anzac Cove, dotted with the ships. At the beginning of the first war, the Navy consisted of approximately 3,800 people and 16 ships; the battlecruiser, light cruisers, destroyers, auxiliary ships and submarines. This polo features the S-class destroyer HMAS Tasmania (1920–1928), the HMAS AE2 submarine, HMAS Australia and HM Gascon.

 

 DID YOU KNOW?

Lifewear has received an official, special endorsement from the Brand Manager of the Australian Army for the usage of the 3rd pattern – The Rising Sun Badge.

This special insignia was worn by all soldiers of the 1st and 2nd Australian Imperial Force in both WW1 and WW2. This version of the rising sun badges incorporated a scroll which had the words “Australian Commonwealth Military Forces” inscribed.

The sailors can be seen on the front side of the polo, watching the Navy. In the sky, above the sailors the silhouette of a compass can be seen. Sailors and Navy members used a compass alongside the Southern Cross (on the back of polo) for navigation across the seas during this time.

The back of the polo shows a saluting Navy personnel on watch. Above him, birds can be seen flying freely in the sky next to the sailing steering wheel silhouette in the sky.

Our original Tribute Collection delivers a respectful polo shirt style with commemorating all men and women who served Australia and New Zealand. Discover the whole range here ➜ and select your favourite design.

 

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