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Medal - Royal Visit of Prince of Wales to Bendigo, Australia, 1920 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20262

Gilt medal with hanging loop, featuring bust of the Prince of Wales in military uniform. Issued in 1920 to commemorate the visit of the Prince of Wales to Bendigo. The medal was minted by Stokes & Sons.

In 1920 the Prince of Wales visited Australia to extend official thanks for its support during World War I and to strengthen links to the Empire. The Prince toured extensively, and his tour was one of the most popular royal visits ever. Wherever he went public holidays were declared, foundation stones laid, memorials unveiled, and receptions and balls were held. The Prince made a point of meeting ex-servicemen and women. He spent nine days in Victoria, eleven days in New South Wales, four days in Tasmania, eleven days in Western Australia, six days in South Australia and eight days in Queensland. The Prince was seen as the embodiment of the White Australia, symbolic of the spirit of his race. His presence strengthened the identity of the young Australian nation as a member of the Empire, resisting the influence of other powers and other races.
Gilt medal featuring bust of the Prince of Wales in military uniform wearing cap, facing 3/4 left, and inscription in relief. The reverse of the medal features the Arms of Bendigo with horse and bull supporters, and inscription in relief. Loop for hanging at top.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 27 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 8.34 g (Weight)
Dimension Comment: 31 mm to top of mount

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Tagged with: royal visits, wars conflicts, white australia policy, world war i 1914-1918, bendigo royal visit, making history - white australia
Themes this item is part of: Municipality of Bendigo, Victoria, Cultural Diversity Collection, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, HRH Edward VIII (1894-1972), Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: royal visits
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1920 AD
Obverse Description: Bust of the Prince in military uniform wearing cap 3/4 facing left; around in two lines H.R.H. PRINCE OF WALES / WELCOME TO AUSTRALIA.
Below bust in small letters the mint name, STOKES
Reverse Description: Arms of Bendigo with horse and bull supporters, above, J.H. CURNOW MAYOR, around, TO COMMEMORATE THE VISIT OF THE PRINCE OF WALES TO BENDIGO . 1920 .
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: around in two lines 'H.R.H. PRINCE OF WALES / WELCOME TO AUSTRALIA'. Below bust in small letters the mint name, 'STOKES'

Shape: Round with loop
Material: Gilt
Issued By: Australia, 1920
Mint: Stokes & Sons, Victoria, Australia, 1920
Commissioned By: City of Bendigo, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, 1920
Person Depicted: HRH Edward Prince of Wales, Australia, 1920
References: Carlisle (1983), Ref# 1920/9.

National Archives of Australia web site http://www.naa.gov.au/Publications/research_guides/guides/royalty/pages/chapter04.htm, viewed 29/9/2003.

Australian War Memorial web site http://www.awm.gov.au/forging/future/prince_visit.htm, viewed 29/9/2003.
  1. [Article] Fewster, Kevin. 1980. Politics, Pagentry and Purpose: the 1920 Tour of Australia by the Prince of Wales. Labour History. 38 (May 1980): 59-66.
  2. [Book], Leslie Carlisle, Australian commemorative medals and medalets from 1788, B & C Press, Sydney, 1983

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