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Medal - MacRobertson International Air Race, Victoria, Australia, 1934 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 42206

Gilt medal with purple ribbon, issued in 1934 for the Centenary International Air Race. The medal may have been awarded to members of the ground staff or distributed as a promotional medal.

The race, from London to Melbourne, was sponsored by businessman and philanthropist Sir MacPherson Robertson, who had founded the largest confectionary business in the Commonwealth, MacRobertson Confectionary Manufacturers Ltd. The race route covered 18,240 km (11,330 miles) from England to Australia. All competitors were required to land at Baghdad, Allabad, Singapore, Darwin and Charleville. Prizes for the race included £10,000 and a gold cup for the overall winner. English team C.W.A. Scott and T. Campbell Black were the eventual winners, flying through pylons at Flemington Racecourse in front of 40,000 spectators and landing at Laverton. Eight planes failed to finish the race. Gilman and Baines were tragically killed when their Fairy Fox crashed near Foggia, Italy.
Gilt medal, with 2 bars and purple ribbon. The top bar has the MacRobertson signature.
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 90 mm (Height), 36 mm (Width)
Weight: 27.85 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: air races, celebrations, centennial air race london to melbourne 1934, flights, melbourne centenary 1935, victoria centenary 1934-1935
Themes this item is part of: Macpherson Robertson, Confectionery Manufacturer & Philanthropist (1859-1945), Numismatics & Philately Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Transport Collection, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: aviation
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1934 AD
Obverse Description: Bust of Sir MacPherson Robertson facing right wearing suit and tie; around, INTERNATIONAL AIR RACE 1934
in small letters on truncation, STOKES
Reverse Description: Map showing route of Air Race from London to Melbourne, over Asia, LONDON / TO / MELBOURNE;
on Indian Ocean, 1934 / 1935
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round with loop, bar and ribbon
Material: Gilt
Issued By: Victoria, Australia, 1934

see CDC Proposal
Mint: Stokes & Sons, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1934
Person Depicted: Sir MacPherson Robertson - MacRobertson Pty. Ltd., Victoria, Australia, 1934

see CDC Proposal
Date of Event: Victoria, Australia, 1934
References: Carlisle (1983), reference # 1934/5
  1. [Article] Jewell, Raymond T. 1988. The MacRobertson (Victorian) Centenary Air Race. Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia. 4 (March): 3-11.
  2. [Article] Cavill, Kenneth. 2000. The MacRobertson International Air Races of 1934 : a Centenary Celebration and a Forgotten Trophy. Australian Antique Collector. (June-December 2000)
  3. [Article] Jenkin, H. V. 1986. The Melbourne Centenary Air Race. Australian Numismatist. 33-42.
  4. [Book], Leslie Carlisle, Australian commemorative medals and medalets from 1788, B & C Press, Sydney, 1983


Bruce McCullough Posted on 16 Dec 2009 2:38 PM
I have been researching the Great Air Race of 1934 round a relative Tom Campbell Black co-winner of the race. In my research I found that only Two of the bronze Mac Robertson medals as per your NU 42206 were made from the original dies after the official gold ones were made; Mac Robertson then had the dies destroyed. One bronze medal MacRobertson gave to the government of Tasmania, later stolen, and one to Rex Allison who documented the race and his records are held in the National Library of Australia.
If you would like me to give more detail I would be pleased to help.
My site is www.tomcampbellblack.150m.com
Regardfs Bruce
Discovery Centre Posted on 17 Dec 2009 11:12 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Thanks Bruce. Your research sounds very interesting and perhaps something we could add to the Museum Victoria research files, perhaps you would consider forwarding your research to the Discovery Centre.
Graeme Minns Posted on 15 Feb 2010 10:26 PM
I have knowlege of a "Gilt" Medallion with no Ribbon Attached ,it is also stamped stokes & identical to your Medallion except for lacking the Purple Ribbon . Does anyone know what it's purpose was re- the 1934 Air Race ?

Kind Regards ... Graeme
Discovery Centre Posted on 16 Feb 2010 3:54 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hello Graeme - The information we have above suggests that the medals may have been awarded to ground crew, or distributed as a promotional token. There are some further numismatic articles listed in the bibliography above - they may be of assistance to you in your research!
Bruce McCullough Posted on 19 Feb 2010 1:45 PM
Very sorry for not responding after my entry on the 16/12/09, but the medals required further research. I can confirm that one Bronze [gilt] Medal was presented by Mac Robertson to the City of Launceston on or about the 4/5/1936 and displayed in the Launceston Museum until it was stolen in 1941, the Museum confirmed to me last year that the Medal was never recovered.
I have copies of letters from Hardy Brothers and MacRobertson stating that there was only TWO Bronze [Gilt] Medals made [Ref. Page 109 Rex Allison R.A.N. Collection of the Great Air Race held at the National Library of Australia.]
Graeme, has made a very interesting statement and we would have to assume that he is talking about the second of the Bronze medals. It would be very interesting to hear more from you Graeme
I am currently working in conjuction with another researcher regarding the history and the where abouts of the Bronze [Gilt] Medals.
Regards Bruce
Bruce McCullough Posted on 19 Feb 2010 2:12 PM
Sorry I keep missing the point that the museum sample and the one Graeme is mentioning are marked "Stokes". The results I have found show that the air race medals "Gold" and "Bronze" and the Trophy were made by Hardy Brothers Ltd. Melbourne.
So when were the "Stokes" medals commisioned and made.
Regards Bruce
Graeme Minns Posted on 12 Dec 2011 10:45 PM
The Medal that I have ,is still in Australia , I was going to sell it to Shuttleworth England or K.L.M. Holland , butt decided to keep it in Australia .It is not at my Premises ,but Locked in a Bank Volt for security reasons . It is Only 1 of 2 ever produced , so has a Very high Historical Value .
I would be pleased to share any imformation regarding this Bronze Gilt Medal , It is Genuiane & in Great condition ,for it's age .I believe it was made by Hardy Bros. But stamed Stokes Of Melbourne & Made on special request by Sir MacPherson Robertson
Graeme .
Graeme Minns Posted on 12 Dec 2011 10:49 PM
Sorry for the Spelling mistakes , Should be "It is Genuine" & "Stamped Stokes"


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