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Medal - War Declared, South Australian Commercial Travellers & Warehousemens' Association, South Australia, Australia, 1914 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 31148

Mint: Schlanck
Other Details: Medal issued by the South Australian Commercial Travellers and Warehousemens' Association (S.A.C.T.& W.A.) on the occasion of a fundraising carnival for the war effort. The medal commemorates the declaration of war on 4 August 1914. It was estimated that 29,000 people gathered at the Adelaide Oval for the South Australian Commercial carnival, held on 17 October 1914. The carnival was intended to support the Mayor's Patriotic Fund, and medals such as this were sold to raise money. A procession of commercial travellers began at 2.15 from the Queen's statue and travelled along King William street to the Oval. The procession included motor cars, some decorated to resemble battleships, a maxim-gun battery and an armoured car, at which 'toy bombs' were thrown. Others bore schoolgirls dressed to resemble Britannia, Australia, Canada, India and South Africa. People dressed as bears with rifles followed a 'Russian general'. A cage contained 'the Kaiser', guarded by British sailors and soldiers. A sign attached to the cage read 'Got 'im'. Once on the Oval the captured monarch was 'hanged' in front of the crowds and massed parade. Lady Galway, the Mayoress of Adelaide, the Mayoress of St Peters (wife of J.H. Thomson, President of the Commercial Travellers' Association) and Mrs W.R. Humble handed out prizes for the best entries in the parade. HMAS Australia won; a dilapidated railway engine on wobbly wooden wheels propelled by a partially concealed bicycle rider (a parody on the Port Augusta Commonwealth Railway) came second. The Kaiser capture and hanging came third. Military, police and community bands played, a burlesque football match was held, a billygoat 'Caulfield Cup' was run and a 'German regiment' fled in the face of a burlesque travellers' bard. It was estimated that 2,000 pounds were raised.
Acquisition Information:
Cultural Gifts Donation from Mr Robert (Bob) Edwards, 1989
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 26 mm (Diameter)
Dimension Comment: height 58 mm with loop and ribbon extended

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Tagged with: fundraising carnivals, trade unions, wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918, world war i fundraising
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, HRH King George V (1865-1936), South Australian Commercial Travellers & Warehousemens' Association, South Australian Commercial Travellers & Warehousemens' Association
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: military history
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1914 AD
Obverse Description: Head of George V bare, facing left; around, WAR DECLARED AUG. 4. 1914 . GOD SAVE THE KING
Reverse Description: At centre a simple line drawing of a building, at sides, CARNIVAL OCT.17.14; around above, S.A.C.T. & W. ASSN.
around below, FOR KING & EMPIRE
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round with hole and loop
Material: Gilt
Issued By: South Australian Commercial Travellers & Warehousemens' Association, South Australia, Australia, 1914
Mint: Mr. Schlanck, South Australia, Australia, 1914
Commissioned By: South Australian Commercial Travellers & Warehousemens' Association, South Australia, Australia, 1914
Person Depicted: HM King George V, 1914
References: Car. 1914/10

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