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Medal - Victorian Volunteer Forces Long & Efficient Service Medal, Victoria, Australia, 1880 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 37098

Summary:
Victorian Volunteer Long Service and Good Conduct Medal 1880 (AD). Minted by Stokes & Martin. Awarded to No. 2821 EX PTE. BIRD, C.F. 1ST. VIC. REGT.

The Victorian Volunteer Forces were the local regiments who undertook the naval and military defence of the colony of Victoria. After Federation in 1901, this medal became obsolete.
The medal was instituted on 26 January 1881 and given royal sanction on 21 April 1882. It was available to officers and men in the Volunteer Forces for 15 years service. Awards to officers ceased in 1894 when the Volunteer Officers Decoration was introduced.

The Victorian Volunteer Forces were the local regiments who undertook the naval and military defence of the colony of Victoria
Description:
A round silver medal (38 mm. diameter) with ornate mount and ribbon (not original). The obverse features a crowned garter around simplified Southern Cross on a cross; on the garter to motto, PRO DEO . ET PATRIA . VICTORIA (translation - for God and the Fatherland . Victoria); around, LOCAL FORCES VICTORIA. The reverse has the legend: FOR / LONG AND / EFFICIENT / SERVICE. The edge is impressed No. 2821 EX PTE. BIRD, C.F. 1ST. VIC. REGT.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 38 mm (Diameter)
Dimension Comment: the ribbon is not original

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Tagged with: australian military forces, colonial military forces
Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales, Victorian Artillery (AKA Royal Victorian Volunteer Artillery Regiment or Permanent Artillery Corps), Victorian Colonial Military, 1854-1901, Alfred Blannin, Victorian Volunteer Military Forces (1842-1889), Victorian Colonial Military Forces Units, 1854-1901, Victorian Volunteer Forces, 1854-1884
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Military General Service
Tertiary Classification: efficient service
DateEra: 1894-1901 AD
Obverse Description: Crowned garter around simple Southern Cross on cross; on garter, PRO DEO . ET PATRIA . VICTORIA; around, LOCAL FORCES VICTORIA
Reverse Description: FOR / LONG AND / EFFICIENT / SERVICE
Edge Description: No. 2821 EX PTE. BIRD, C.F. 1ST. VIC. REGT.
Inscriptions: PRO DEO . ET PATRIA . VICTORIA LOCAL FORCES VICTORIA
FOR / LONG AND / EFFICIENT / SERVICE
No. 2821 EX PTE. BIRD, C.F. 1ST. VIC. REGT.
Shape: Round with mount and ribbon
Material: Silver
Issued By: Victorian Volunteer Forces, 1854-1884, Victoria, Australia
Mint: Stokes & Martin (Mint)
Awarded To: Private C. Bird - Local Forces, Victoria, Victoria, Australia, 1880

No.2821 Ex Pte C.F. Bird, 1st Vic Regiment.
References: The Victoria Volunteer long and efficient service medal and the volunteer officers' decoration / by R.D. Williams

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