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Medal - South Africa Peace, Australia, 1899-1900 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 35350

Summary:
Cross shaped bronze medal struck to commemorate the end of the Boer War
The reverse has the words SOUTH AFRICA instead of the usual SOUTH AUSTRALIA (as NU 34835)
Struck by Stokes & Sons
Other Details: South Africa Peace medal, issued at the end of the Boer War. In 1899 the Boers, descendants of Dutch settlers, declared war on the British forces. They were disgruntled with interference in local affairs by the British, who had maintained a presence in the region for over a century. Enthusiastic civilians throughout the Australian colonies volunteered for service, supported by their respective colonial governments. Over 15,000 served in colonial contingents during the Boer War. The first joint colonial regiment, the Australian Regiment, was formed from companies from Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania. The British gradually wore down Boer resistance, and peace was declared on 31 May 1902. The Peace of Vereeniging replaced the British military administration with a civil administration, eventually leading to self-government. Australian casualties in the war totalled about 1400, with 518 killed. Six Australians were awarded the Victoria Cross for their bravery. The new Federal Government granted money to assist incapacitated Boer War veterans and their dependents.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Height), 31 mm (Width)
Weight: 7.17 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: boer war 1899-1902, british transvaal war 1899-1900, wars conflicts, nu34835
Themes this item is part of: George McArthur, Collector & Baker (1842-1903), Public Life & Institutions Collection, HM Queen Victoria (1819-1901), Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales, Boer War, South Africa, 1899-1902
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: peace
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1899-1900 AD
Obverse Description: At centre of cross veiled head of Queen Victoria facing left
on top arm of cross, BRITISH, on left TRANS / - VAAL; on right, WAR / 1899-0; on bottom, STH. / AFRICA
Reverse Description: At centre of cross PEACE / MEDAL
on top arm of cross, SOUTH, on left 1899; on right, 1900; on bottom, AFRICA
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Cross & loop
Material: Copper
Issued By: Australia
Mint: Stokes & Sons, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1900
Person Depicted: HM Queen Victoria
References: Not listed by Carlisle but see 1899-00/18 for similar medal
Bibliography:
  1. [Catalogue] Morrison, Ian. 2003. The Baker of Maldon.

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