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Medal - Anzac Day School Children's, Education Department of Victoria, Victoria, Australia, 1918 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 16459

Summary:
Anzac Day school children's medal, issued in 1918. The medal was distributed to every school child that year to commemorate Anzac Day. The Anzac forces first landed at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915.

Gold special striking of the medal sold to Victorian school children and the public to commemorate ANZAC Day, 25 April 1918. 250,000 medals were struck. Bronze medals were sold for 1 shilling and oxidised silver medals for 5 shillings. One-third of the proceeds was to be directed to the funding of a permanent institution for returned soldiers. [The Argus, 11 April 1918, p 8]

The reverse image of the bust of an Australian soldier was adapted from a drawing by H. Harvey, an assistant in the Victorian Education Department.
Description:
Obverse has the bust of a uniformed soldier. The reverse image of the bust of an Australian soldier was adapted from a drawing by H. Harvey, an at assistant in the Victorian Education Department.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Education Department of Victoria, 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 28 mm (Width), 28 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 13.148 g (Weight)
Dimension Comment: Dimensions for medal only. Stored in red case of issue.

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Tagged with: anzac day, commemorations, wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales, Education Department of Victoria, Education Department of Victoria
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: military history
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1918 AD
Obverse Description: Bust of uniformed soldier wearing hat left; around, HONOR TO THE A.I.F. In small letters below bust, S&S 15C HH
Reverse Description: Incuse on scroll which rests on olive branch, GALLIPOLI / FRANCE / PALESTINE; above EVD ; below, ANZAC DAY 1918
Edge Description: plain
Inscriptions: HONOR TO THE A.I.F. (obverse)
GALLIPOLI FRANCE PALESTINE EVD ANZAC DAY 1918 (reverse)
Shape: Round with loop
Material: Gold
Issued By: Education Department of Victoria, Victoria, Australia, 1918
Mint: Stokes & Sons (Mint), 1918
Artist: H. Harvey, Australia, 1918
Commissioned By: Education Department of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1918
Place & Date Depicted: Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, 1915
References: Car.1918/2
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Leslie Carlisle, Australian commemorative medals and medalets from 1788, B & C Press, Sydney, 1983

Comments

David Adams Posted on 14 Feb 2010 9:10 AM
We have a similar medal,
One side, King George with inscription around edge of 'for King and Country' 1916.
Reverse side, circular wreath with ANZAC written inside, and inscription around edge of 'dept of education Victoria, Lest We Forget 25 APR 15"
Would you like it to add images and information to your database?
Discovery Centre Posted on 24 Feb 2010 2:58 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi David, thank you for your enquiry. We have contacted one of the History and Technology curators and advised them of your offer, if they require any further information, they will contact you directly.
moshe Posted on 27 Mar 2011 6:42 AM
Who exactly was granted the medal and for what?
Discovery Centre Posted on 28 Mar 2011 12:32 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Moshe, the information above explains why these were handed out and to whom. There were no specific recipients as they would have been given to all children in Victorian schools.

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