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Medal - Royal Shipwreck Relief & Humane Society of New South Wales, Australia, 1907 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20511

Summary:
Australia New South Wales
Shipwreck relief medal (AD)
Mint: Sydney
Other Details: Medal awarded to Richard Addison for saving a life at Manly Beach, Sydney, on 4 July 1907. The Sydney Morning Herald (5/7/1907, p.8)reported that on the morning of that day Harry Clifton, a hairdresser in Gloucester Street, city, was fishing off the cargo wharf 'when he was seized by paralysis of the brain and fell into the water'. Richard Addison, a resident of Charles Street, Marrickville, was on the passenger wharf when he saw the fall. He immediately dived into the water to help Clifton. 'He succeeded in bringing the unfortunate man to the shore, and Dr. Henry ordered his removal to the Manly Cottage Hospital. At a late hour last night Clifton was in a serious condition, but little hope being entertained of his recovery.' It is not known if Clifton survived.
Description:
An bronze award medal (45 mm diameter) featuring a scene of rescue from a sinking sailing sgip and with an inscription on the reverse giving details of the award.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 38 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 30.672 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: life saving, shipwrecks
Themes this item is part of: Royal Mint, Medal Makers, Sydney, New South Wales, Royal Shipwreck Relief & Humane Society of New South Wales, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Transport Collection, Branch Mints of the Royal Mint
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Civil
Tertiary Classification: shipwreck relief
Series: Society
DateEra: 1907 AD
Obverse Description: A sailor wearing early life-jacket examins a ship-wrecked man who has been cassed ashore holding a piece of wreckage. Behind an angel consols a woman weeping and holding a child while crowning the sailor with a wreath. In the background, a sailing ship sinking, a boat being rowed to shore and a lighthouse. Around on broad rim, SUNT LACRYMAE RERUM SUNT ET SUA PRAEMIA LAUDI.
Reverse Description: Around on lifebuoy, ROYAL SHIPWRECK RELIEF & HUMANE SOCIETY OF N.S.W. within , AWARDED TO engraved below, RICHARD ADDISON / FOR SAVING LIFE / MANLY. N.S.W. / 4TH JULY 1907
Edge Description: Holed for mount
Inscriptions: SUNT LACRYMAE RERUM SUNT ET SUA PRAEMIA LAUDI. (obverse)
ROYAL SHIPWRECK RELIEF & HUMANE SOCIETY OF N.S.W. AWARDED TO RICHARD ADDISON FOR SAVING LIFE MANLY N.S.W. 4TH JULY 1907 (reverse)
Shape: Round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Royal Shipwreck Relief & Humane Society of New South Wales, New South Wales, Australia
Mint: Royal Mint, Sydney Branch, Australia
Person Named: Richard Addison, Australia, 1907

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