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About the design
The Custodians of the Sea polo focuses on commemorating those who served in the NAVY during the first World War. It honours the Royal Australian Navy’s role; 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 Red Poppy
The Flanders poppy has long been a part of Remembrance Day and is also being used as part of Anzac Day observances.
The Red Poppy was the first to flower in the battlefields of France and Belgium in WW1. Soldiers folklore believe that the bright red poppy came from their comrades blood in the ground. The Red Poppy on the front as well as on the right shoulder of the polo commemorate this.
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.
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.