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Medal - Transvaal War, Good Luck Australian Contingents, Australia, 1899-1900 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20897

Good Luck Australian Contingents 1900 (AD)
Mint: not recorded
Other Details: Medal issued in 1899 to wish luck to Australian contingents going to fight in the Boer War. In 1899 the Boers, descendants of Dutch settlers, declared war on the British forces. They were disgruntled with interference in local affairs by the British, who had maintained a presence in the region for over a century. Enthusiastic civilians throughout the Australian colonies volunteered for service, supported by their respective colonial governments. Over 15,000 served in colonial contingents during the Boer War. The first joint colonial regiment, the Australian Regiment, was formed from companies from Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania. The British gradually wore down Boer resistance, and peace was declared on 31 May 1902. The Peace of Vereeniging replaced the British military administration with a civil administration, eventually leading to self-government. Australian casualties in the war totalled about 1400, with 518 killed. Six Australians were awarded the Victoria Cross for their bravery. The new Federal Government granted money to assist incapacitated Boer War veterans and their dependents.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 23 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 4.55 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: boer war 1899-1902, british transvaal war 1899-1900, wars conflicts
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, HM Queen Victoria (1819-1901), Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales, Boer War, South Africa, 1899-1902
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: military history
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1899-1900 AD
Obverse Description: Veiled head of Queen Victoria facing left; around, BRITISH TRANSVAAL WAR
Reverse Description: Crossed Australian and British flags with 1899 at top and 1900 at bottom, all within beaded circle; around,
Inscriptions: (edge)
Shape: round
Material: Gilt Bronze
Issued By: Australia, 1899-1900
Mint: Stokes & Sons, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1899
Person Depicted: HM Queen Victoria
References: Car. 1899-00/1


Steve Posted on 09 Jan 2010 11:56 PM
This enquiry is in relation to Reg. No NU 20897 which is described as "Medal - Transvaal War, Good Luck Australian Contigents, Australia 1899-1900". I see that there is no image available concerning this medal. Can you please tell me why there is no image available? (I have a swagger stick which has a medal embeded in it which matches exactly the description under "Reverse Description")
Discovery Centre Posted on 11 Jan 2010 1:01 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Steve. We are in the process of loading photos to the website of the many collection objects. If you do require an image of this medal, please click on the Ask the Experts link below and then on Image requests. We will then endeavour to locate an image that we can supply to you.
Steve Posted on 12 Jan 2010 10:52 PM
Hi. I would be grateful if you could supply me with an image of the medal Reg. No. NU 20897. Please take your time if you are able to do this as this is purely a personal request - I am not working on anything with a deadline. I have a swagger stick with this medal embedded in it and would like to see the obverse of the medal. Are you able to help with the wording on the reverse? It reads "Good Luck Attend Australian Contingents". This wording, on the face of it, seems quite weird. Do you think that it is wishing that "good luck" be "with" the contingents? Lastly, the website states that the medal was issued in 1889. Would that be a 'typo' for 1899? It doesn't seem to make chronological sense otherwise. Many thanks.
Discovery Centre Posted on 13 Jan 2010 4:35 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Steve. Thanks for picking up that typo with the date. We've corrected this in our database and this will be uploaded in our next data refresh. So too will the image for you to view and these will appear in the next week or so. With regard to the wording 'good luck attend' this does indeed mean, according to the Macquarie Dictionary 'go with' or 'accompany'. If you type the phrase 'Good Luck attend' into Google, you'll find many instances of it.

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