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Medal - Australia's 150th Anniversary, New South Wales, Australia, 1938 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 33139

Australia New South Wales Sydney
Australia's 150 Anniversary Medal 1938 (AD)
Mint: Amor
Other Details: This medal was struck in 1938 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of British settlement of Australia. It shows Captain Arthur Phillip, first governor of the colony of New South Wales and coordinator of the First Fleet. Phillip was a career naval officer and a capable administrator in his first governing post. He was enthusiastic about the new colony, although did not want to see convicts 'lay the foundation of an Empire'. The First Fleet arrived in Botany Bay on 18 January 1788. Phillip enjoyed absolute powers in the colony, only accountable to the Colonial Secretary in England then to the Prime Minister and then to the King. He combined executive and legislative functions, and held the powers of the Chief Justice. He had complete authority over the inhabitants and the right to make regulations touching practically all aspects of their lives. He could also had the authority to grant land to approved persons. Phillip named and helped design Sydney and established Parramatta in 1788 for agricultural purposes. Parramatta soon became the main economic centre of the colony. Phillip established a clearing and building program and built the first government house. He was a firm but not harsh disciplinarian who rewarded signs of industry, but experienced a difficult relationship with his subordinate officers. He sought to persuade the Aboriginal population of the superiority of British civilization, while instituting the official British policy 'to endeavour to open intercourse' and to punish any person who 'interrupted' Aboriginal people.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 57 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 98.73 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: australia day, copper
Themes this item is part of: Arthur Phillip, Admiral & Governor (1783-1814), Public Life & Institutions Collection, W.J. Amor Mint, Medal Maker, New South Wales, Getting In, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 2003-2015
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: sesquicentenary of australia
DateEra: 1938 AD
Obverse Description: Scene of Sydney Cove with British uniformed personnel saluting the Union Jack. Around , THE LANDING AT SYDNEY COVE OF CAPTAIN ARTHUR PHILLIP * JANUARY 26, 1788 *
Reverse Description: Bust of Phillip, around AUSTRALIA'S 150TH ANNIVERSARY /1788-1938. At left shoulder, CAPTAIN ARTHUR PHILLIP.
Edge Description: Impressed SPECIMEN ONLY
Inscriptions: Impressed SPECIMEN ONLY (edge)
Shape: round
Material: Silver-plated
Place & Date Depicted: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1788
Issued By: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1938
Mint: Amor (Mint), 1938
Person Depicted: Captain Arthur Phillip, England, Great Britain, 1788
References: Car.1938/7


Greg alderman Posted on 13 Dec 2009 6:22 PM
I have a 150Th anniversary medal with the inscription 'Youth carries on' is this part of the celebration, did this medal have a hole in the top of it.
Discovery Centre Posted on 14 Dec 2009 2:54 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Greg,
Having looked at the publication "Australian Historical Medals 1788-1988" (Carlisle, L., 2008), there is indeed a 150th anniversary medal with the inscription you describe. The image in the book shows the medal with an attached, pierced ring by which the medal may be suspended. I would recommend you source this book from a library (it is available for perusal at the Discovery Centre library), or contact a numismatics society for more details.
Carly Posted on 25 Jul 2012 8:57 PM
Hi I no your post is old but I have a medal the same it says youth carries on has a hole it has a picture of a man running with a torch in hand and sun in back is it same one ? Didn't you find info
elaine Posted on 06 Feb 2013 4:42 PM
I have one too. Did anyone find a value?
Chris Posted on 14 Aug 2013 9:26 PM
I just discovered one amongst my mums effects. This one has green and gold ribbons passed through the ring. There are a number of them currently on Ebay for under $20. More interesting than valuable.
Lyla Ridgway Posted on 18 Aug 2013 7:11 PM
My horse dug one up today also while she was softening up a spot to roll.
TREVOR Posted on 17 Jan 2014 10:40 AM
Ihave a medal obverse Arthur Phillip Govneror
New South Wales 1788 reverse Australia 150TH
anniversary 1938 also in smaller print youth
carries on also youth with a torch.
Valerie Posted on 14 Apr 2014 8:47 PM
i have the large 57mm medallion, mint condition still in Amor presentation box. I thought is was made in pewter, above states silver plated what is the base material?
Can anyone tell me how many were issued?

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