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Medal - Sesquicentenary of Western Australia, Perth Numismatic Society, Western Australia, Australia, 1979 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20850

Summary:
Australia West Australia Perth
Western Australia 150th Anniversary Medal, 1979
Mint: not recorded
Other Details: Medal issued to commemorate the sesquicentennary of Western Australia in 1979. It features an image of Captain James Stirling, founder of the colony. Stirling, a British naval captain, persuaded NSW Governor Darling to allow him to examine the west coast of Australia to see if it provided a suitable site for another garrison or settlement to open trade to the East Indies and protect British interests. Stirling sailed in 1827, and was particularly impressed by land in the vicinity of the Swan River. In May 1828 the Colonial Office reluctantly decided to establish a colony under the direct control of the British government, superintended by Stirling. On 2 May 1829 Captain C.H. Fremantle of the Challenger took posession of the whole of Australia that was not then included in the boundaries of New South Wales. Stirling arrived later with his family and civic officials in the Parmelia, and proclaimed the foundation of the colony on 18 June. He administered the Swan River settlement from June 1829 to August 1832, when he took an extended visit to England and was knighted. He returned to administer the settlement from August 1834 to December 1838. His first official title of lieut-governor was superseded by that of governor in 1831. The land proved poor and difficult to cultivate, and as a commercial and agricultural enterprise, the settlement was a failure. Its future was only secured with the arrival of convicts in the 1850s.
Description:
At centre, James Sterling founder of the colony, in the background a sailing-ship at anchor on right ans a ship's boat being sailed and rowed to shore on right; around, SWAN RIVER COLONY FOUNDED 1829
Surfboard rider in wave around, WESTERN AUSTRALIA 150TH. ANNIVERSARY 1979
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Perth Numismatic Society, 1988
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 43 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 31.506 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: celebrations, rivers, sport, surfing, western australia sesquicentenary 1979, ello
Themes this item is part of: James Stirling, Naval Captain (1791-1865), Leisure Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: public events
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1979 AD
Obverse Description: At centre, James Sterling founder of the colony, in the background a sailing-ship at anchor on right ans a ship's boat being sailed and rowed to shore on right; around, SWAN RIVER COLONY FOUNDED 1829
Reverse Description: Surfboard rider in wave around, WESTERN AUSTRALIA 150TH. ANNIVERSARY 1979
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Plain (edge)
Founder around, SWAN RIVER COLONY FOUNDED 1829 (obverse)
Surfboard rider in wave around, WESTERN AUSTRALIA 150TH. ANNIVERSARY 1979 (reverse)
Shape: round
Material: Nickel Brass
Issued By: Perth Numismatic Society, Perth, Western Australia, Australia, 1979
Person Depicted: Captain James Stirling, Western Australia, Australia, 1979
References: Car. 1979/21

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