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Medal - Mt Gambier Old Residents, 1919 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 34822

Summary:
Bronze medal with ring and loop attached for wearing, featuring an image of Mt Gambier. Mt Gambier was identified by Lieut. Grant 1800, and explored by S.G. Henty in 1839.
Mint: unknown

Other Details: Medal issued in 1919 by the Mt Gambier Old Residents Association to commemorate the 'discovery' of Mount Gambier by Lieut. James Grant on 3 December 1800 and the exploration by Stephen George Henty in June 1839. Grant was a career British naval officer who commanded the Lady Nelson, a surveying ship he was supposed to deliver in 1800 to the more experienced surveyor Matthew Flinders, waiting in Sydney. Flinders had left Australia by the time Grant arrived, however, and it fell to Grant and his colleagues to undertake a preliminary survey of the Bass Coast, as well as the Hunter Valley region. Stephen George Henty was a member of the Henty family and brother to Victoria's first settler, Edward Henty. Stephen Henty had migrated to the Swan River Colony in 1829 and was an enterprising explorer, merchant, trader, shipowner, whaler and magistrate, and active in civic affairs. From 1856 to 1870 he was also a member of the Legislative Assembly.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Weight: 13.31 g (Weight)
Dimension Comment: Height is with ring extended

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Tagged with: australian exploration
Themes this item is part of: James Grant, Naval Lieutenant (1772-1833), Public Life & Institutions Collection, Science & Measurement Collection, Stephen George Henty, Farmer (1811-1872)
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: australian exploration
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1919 AD
Obverse Description: View of Mt. Gambier; above, MT. GAMBIER ;below, DISCOVERED BY / LIEUT. GRANT / 3RD. DEC. 1800 / ... / EXPLORED BY / S.G. HENTY JUNE 1839
Reverse Description: MT. GAMBIER / . OLD . / RESIDENTS / ASSOCIATION / . 1919 .
Inscriptions: Bronze medal with ring and loop attached for wearing
Mt. Gambier discovered by Lieut. Grant 1800; explored by S.G. Henty 1839
image of Mt. Gambier
Material: Copper
Person Named: Mr. Stephen Henty, Australia, 1919

Named on medal as original explorer of Mt. Gambia area in 1839.
Person Named: Lieutenant James Grant, Australia, 1919

Named on medal as discoveror of Mt. Gambia in 1800
References: Car. 1919/1

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