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Medal - Centenary of Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, 1906 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 34782

Australia Tasmania Centenary of Launceston medal 1906
Mint: Stokes & Sons
Commissioned and distributed by: F. & W. Stewart

Other Details: Centenary of Launceston medal, commissioned and distributed by: F. & W. Stewart, jewellers, in 1906. It was made for distribution to the children of Launceston. F & W Stewart was established at 147 Charles Street, Launceston, in 1879 by brothers Frederic and William Stewart. The Stewart brothers are considered Tasmania's first medallists. The company struck 'quite a few' medallions and medalets for local events and exhibitions during the late 19th - early 20th century. The issues are of importance because they cover five major events: the Launceston Industrial Exhibition of 1886-7, the Jubilee of Queen Victoria 1887, the Tasmanian exhibition of 1891-2, the Centenary of Launceston 1906 and the Australian Natives' Association Exhibition, Launceston, 1908. Of greater importance was the fact that the company was the first in Tasmania to import machinery and strike their own medals.

The Australian Natives' Association was a Friendly Society which provided benefits to its Australian-born members. It was a staunch supporter of trade protection and immigration restriction, and Prime Minister Alfred Deakin was a member.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 31 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 11.69 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: advertising, celebrations, launceston centenary 1906, school children
Themes this item is part of: F.& W. Stewart, Jewellers, Tasmania, Childhood & Youth Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: public events
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1906 AD
Obverse Description: At centre within wide rim Arms of Launceston with two TasmanialnTigers as supporters, motto on ribbon below, PROGRESS WITH PRUDENCE; around on wide rim, CENTENARY OF LAUNCESTON * TASMANIA 1906 *
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round with hole
Material: Brass
Issued By: Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Mint: Stokes & Sons, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1906
Commissioned By: F. & W. Stewart, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, 1906

References: Car. 1906/2
  1. [Book], Roger McNeice, Historic Medals of Tasmania: The Medals of F. & W. Stewart, Launceston, Tasmania, 1987

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