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Medal - Transvaal War, Peace, Australia, 1900 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 35531

23 mm gilt medal commemorating Peace in the Boer War
obverse Lord Roberts
Mint: Stokes & Sons
Other Details: medal issued to commemorate peace at the end of the Transvaal (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: 23 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 5.07 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: boer war 1899-1902, british transvaal war 1899-1900, wars conflicts, in commemoration of peace 1900
Themes this item is part of: Frederick Sleigh Roberts, Colonel-in-Chief (1832-1914), Public Life & Institutions Collection, 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: 1900 AD
Obverse Description: Bust of Lord Roberts 3/4 left; around, LORD ROBERTS V.C. S. AFRICA 1900
Reverse Description: Within wreath, IN / COMMEMORATION / OF / PEACE / BRITISH BOER / WAR / "LEST WE FORGET"
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round with hole
Material: Gilt Bronze
Issued By: Australia
Mint: Stokes & Sons, Victoria, Australia, 1900
Person Depicted: Lord Frederick Roberts, 1900
References: 1900/13

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