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Medal - ANZAC Remembrance, Dora Ohlfsen, Australia, 1919 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 35371

Summary:
Australia
ANZAC Rememberance 1914 - 1918
Artist Dora Ohlfsen1918 (AD)
Mint: not recorded

This medal was produced and sold to raise funds for of Australians and New Zealanders maimed in World War One. Artist Dora Ohlfsen features a fallen soldier being comforted by a female 'Australia'. Dora Ohlfsen was one of Australia's foremost medallists in the first half of the twentieth century, although she principally lived in Europe and was better appreciated outside Australia. This medal is one of the most remarkable of all Australian commemorative medals. Its sensitive, romantic treatment of its subjects recalls European, and particularly French, medallic art. It was made at the artist's expense. She had worked as a nurse for the Red Cross in Italy during World War I, and was deeply moved by the experience.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Weight: 91.61 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918, lesbian gay, art medals
Themes this item is part of: Dora Ohlfsen, Artist & Medallist (1877-1948), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Project, Museum Victoria, 2005-2006, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: military history
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1919 AD
Obverse Description: Woman, representing Australia, mourning a young man, laurel branch in the foreground
artist's name DORA OHLFSEN 1918 struck half off the flan below the soldier
Reverse Description: ANZAC/IN ETERNAL/REMEMBRANCE./1914-18./DORA OHLFSEN Outline of a soldier with gun
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: round
Material: Bronze
Artist: Dora Ohlfsen, Australia, 1918
Date Made: Australia, 1919
References: Car. 1914-18/1
in original blue case with card that reads AMNZAC MEDAL / DESIGNED BY DORA OLFSEN / IN AID OF AUSTRALIANS / AND NEW ZEALANDERS / MAIMED IN THE WAR
Bibliography:
  1. [Article] Sheedy, K. A. 1989. Dora Ohlfsen - The Forgotten Heroine of Australian Medallic Art. Australian Coin Review. 302: 18-21.
  2. [Catalogue] Jones, Mark. 1979. The Dance of Death: Medallic Art of the First World War.
  3. [Book], Leslie Carlisle, Australian commemorative medals and medalets from 1788, B & C Press, Sydney, 1983

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