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Medal - Royal Visit of Prince of Wales to Bendigo, Australia, 1920 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
|Dimensions:||27 mm (Diameter)|
|Weight:||8.34 g (Weight)|
|Dimension Comment:||31 mm to top of mount|
|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|
|Tertiary Classification:||royal visits|
|Series:||Australian Commemorative Medals|
|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 .|
|Inscriptions:||Obverse: around in two lines 'H.R.H. PRINCE OF WALES / WELCOME TO AUSTRALIA'. Below bust in small letters the mint name, 'STOKES'
Reverse: 'J.H. CURNOW MAYOR'; around, 'TO COMMEMORATE THE VISIT OF THE PRINCE OF WALES TO BENDIGO . 1920 .'
|Shape:||Round with loop|
|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|
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.
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