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Medal - Visit of the US Fleet, Australia, 1908 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 35201

Visit of the US Fleet 1908 medal, from an unknown mint.

Huge celebrations surrounded the visit of the United States Navy to Australia in 1908. Prime Minister Alfred Deakin ignored Britain's concerns and established protocol when he invited the American fleet to visit. Sixteen warships arrived in Sydney harbour, welcomed by 80,000 spectators. Speeches were delivered, parties thrown and parades marched in honour of the occasion. As the fleet moved from port to port the welcome remained wildly enthusiastic. The visit was publicly associated with Australia's self-perception as a strong 'white' nation. The Lone Hand described the occasion: 'As a friendly hand across the Pacific comes to Australia - the Great White Fleet. In a flashing white it comes, as it were a symbol of a racial ideal to be upheld. Australia aspires but to hold her territory free and clean, in trust for the White Race. America's Pacific fleet helps to give us heart to hope that that ideal may be preserved.' The visit of the Great White Fleet was a significant because it linked Australia firmly with American power in the Pacific.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Weight: 7.36 g (Weight)
Dimension Comment: Height includes ring through loop extended fully

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Tagged with: great white fleet, international relations, united states fleet visit to melbourne 1908, united states navy, white australia policy
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: military history
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1908 AD
Obverse Description: At centre within broad blue enameled rim, crowned arms of Great Britain surrounded by shields of the Australian States; all in front of crossed enamelled flags of Britain and the USA; around on rim, VISIT OF AMERICAN FLEET . SOUVENIR .
Reverse Description: At centre within broad blue enameled rim, a map of Australia with AUSTRALIA across main continent; around on rim, COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA . 1908 .
Edge Description: plain
Shape: Round with loop
Material: Brass and Enamel
Issued By: Australia, 1908
References: Car. 1908/7

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