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Medal - Anzac Remembrance, Dora Ohlfsen, Australia, 1919 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 35354

Summary:
ANZAC Rememberance 1914-1918 medal, designed by Dora Ohlfsen and issued in 1919. Th medal features a fallen soldier being comforted by a female 'Australia'.

The medal was produced and sold to raise funds for of Australians and New Zealanders maimed in World War I. 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.
Statement Of Significance:
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. -Sheedy, K.A. 1989. Dora Ohlfsen - the Forgotten Heroine of Australian Medallic Art. Australian Coin Review. 132 (Aug 1989), pp. 18-21.

Dora Ohlfsen was a multi-talented lesbian sculptor, musician and a writer who lived and worked in Italy, Russia and England. She was one of Australia's foremost medallists and sculptors in the first half of the 20th century.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 60 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 93.68 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918, lesbian gay, art medals, making history - gay lesbian collection
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, Wannenmacher 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
Inscriptions: DORA OHLFSEN 1918
ANZAC IN ETERNAL REMEMBRANCE. 1914-18
Shape: round
Material: Copper
Artist: Dora Ohlfsen, Australia, 1918
Date Made: Australia, 1919
References: Car.1914-18/1
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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