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Medal - Lord Mayor's Soudan, Evan Jones Mint, New South Wales, Australia, 1885 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20560

Summary:
Australia New South Wales Sydney
Mayor of Sydney Soudan medal (AD)
Mint: Evan Jones
Other Details: This medal was issued by T. Playfair, Lord Mayor of Sydney. It was presented to each member of the contingent which fought in the Soudan, who were expected to engrave their own name, number or insignia on the medal. The Australian contingent in the Soudan sailed for home on 17 May 1885, a mere 50 days after they had arrived. Australian casualties were few, and those who died fell to disease rather than enemy action. The contingent arrived in Sydney on 19 June. Five days later the contingent marched through the city to a reception at Victoria Barracks where they stood in pouring rain as the Governor, Lord Loftus, and the Premier gave speeches. It was generally agreed that, no matter how insignificant the military contribution by New South Wales, it marked an important stage in the development of colonial self-confidence and demonstrated the important of links with Britain. Cf. Car 1885/5, but just struck medal without frame, and gilt not silver
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 28 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 11.27 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: aboriginal depictions, siege of khartoum 1884-1885, wars conflicts
Themes this item is part of: Evan Jones, Jeweller (1846-1917), Public Life & Institutions Collection, Wannenmacher Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: military history
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1885 AD
Obverse Description: SOUDAN (on tab);
Naval Arms supported by aboriginal male and male settler;
I TAKE BUT I SURRENDER (on banner)
Reverse Description: .PRESENTED BY THE CITIZENS OF SYDNEY./T.PLAYFAIR,MAYOR,1885 Wreath
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Plain (edge)
SOUDAN (on tab); I TAKE BUT I SURRENDER (on banner)/E.JONES Aborigine l., European r., holding a shield between them (obverse)
.PRESENTED BY THE CITIZENS OF SYDNEY./T.PLAYFAIR,MAYOR,1885 Wreath (reverse)
Shape: Round
Material: Silver
Issued By: Evan Jones (Mint), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Mint: Evan Jones (Mint)
References: Ca 1885/10

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