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Medal - Royal Visit of the Prince of Wales to Eaglehawk, Australia, 1920 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20265

Summary:
Australia
Visit of Prince of Wales, Eaglehawk1920 (AD)
Mint: not recorded
Other Details: 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. He had not intended to visit Eaglehawk, however, instead focussing on the nearby urban centre of Bendigo. Eaglehawk Council members were surprised and disappointed to learn that they had not been invited to join the official procession in Bendigo. Furthermore, the Mayor of Bendigo slighted the Mayor of Eaglehawk, Robert Murdoch, in his invitation to a luncheon with the Prince by forgetting to call him 'Mayor'. One angry councillor suggested that 'Bendigo think they can do without us, but they cannot'. Nevertheless, Murdoch and his wife Sarah travelled to Bendigo to attend the luncheon, and a later Mayoral Ball which the Prince did not attend. Most of Eaglehawk's residents also decided to travel to Bendigo to see the Prince. Unfortunately, the Prince was ahead of schedule, and decided to tour Eaglehawk anyhow. The town was virtually deserted. The few startled residents who remained managed to give him rousing cheers.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 27 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 8.50 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
Themes this item is part of: Municipality of Eaglehawk, Victoria, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Robert Murdoch, Mayor, City of Eaglehawk, Victoria (1864-1927), 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: Royal Arms with lion and unicorn supporters above eagle facing with wings spread head left on globe between pit-head and miners hut, below eagle a ribbon with, 80. OF EAGLEHAWK , around above in two lines, BOROUGH OF EAGLEHAWK / ROBERT MURDOCH J.P. MAYOR; below, PRESENTED TO THE CHILDREN JUNE 1920
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: round with loop
Material: Silver
Issued By: Australia
Mint: Stokes & Sons, Victoria, Australia, 1920
Commissioned By: Borough of Eaglehawk, Victoria, Australia, 1920
Person Depicted: HRH Edward Prince of Wales, Australia, 1920
Person Named: Mr. Robert Murdoch - Borough of Eaglehawk, 1920

Named as Mayor on medal
References: Car. 1920/7
Bibliography:
  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.

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