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Medal - Wesleyan Historic Roll, Wesleyan Methodist Church, Victoria, Australia, 1901 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20898

Australia Victoria
Twentieth Century Historic Roll 1901 (AD)
Mint: Stokes & Sons
Other Details: This medal was issued by the Wesleyan Church as part of an effort to raise 10,000 pounds. The 'historic roll' shown on the reverse was signed by donors who donated one guinea or more. The obverse of the medal shows Rev. Joseph Rennard Orton and Rev. John Wesley. Orton was born in 1795 in England, and entered the ministry in 1826. He was posted to Jamaica, and in 1831 arrived in Sydney. He continued his preaching in New Zealand, Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia. Orton conducted the furst ordained Christian service in Victoria in 1836. He died in 1842 on a voyage back to England. Wesley was born in 1703, became a leader in Bible study and was ordained a Church of England minister in 1728. He rode on horseback to preach throughout England, wrote over 400 books and was the insipration for the establishment of the Methodist Church, combining evangelical preaching with social concern. He became one of the most significant figures in British social and religious reform in the eighteenth century and one of the most significant church leaders of all time. Wesley died in 1791.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 31 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 13.35 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: churches, religions, religions methodist
Themes this item is part of: Harry Stokes, Medal Artist (circa 1840-?), John Wesley, Minister (1703-1791), Joseph Rennard Orton, Minister (1795-1842), Public Life & Institutions Collection, Wesleyan Methodist Church, Australia, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: religions
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1901 AD
Obverse Description: Conjoined busts of Orton and Wesley left; around, WESLEYAN METHODIST CHURCH, VICTORIA & TASMANIA. 1835 - 1901. at left, ORTON; at right, WESLEY
Makers name, STOKES & SONS in tiny letters on rim below dates.
Artists initials on truncation of Wesley's bust, HS
Reverse Description: Scroll inscribed HISTORIC / ROLL / 1901; around, TWENTIETH CENTURY
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Plain (edge)
Conjoined busts of Orton and Wesley left; around, WESLEYAN METHODIST CHURCH, VICTORIA & TASMANIA. 1821 - 1901. at left, ORTON; at right, WESLEY (obverse)
Scroll inscribed HISTORIC / ROLL / 1901; around, TWENTIETH CENTURY (reverse)
Shape: round
Material: Silver
Issued By: Wesleyan Methodist Church, Australia, Victoria, Australia
Mint: Stokes (Mint)
Artist: Harry Stokes, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1901
Person Depicted: Reverend John Wesley, 1901
Person Depicted: Reverend Joseph Orton, 1901

Carlisle states that Orton held the first Christian church service by an ordained person in Victoria in 1836.
References: Car.1901/47
  1. [Book], Leslie Carlisle, Australian commemorative medals and medalets from 1788, B & C Press, Sydney, 1983

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