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Medal - Lord Mayor's Soudan, New South Wales, Australia, 1885 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20559

Summary:
Australia New South Wales Sydney
Mayor of Sydney Soudan medal 1885 (AD)
Mint: not recorded
Awarded to: Rowe, Fredrick
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. Fredrick Rowe engraved his name on this medal. Rowe was born in St Georges, Somerset, England, in 1865. He moved to Australia some time in his youth, and became a labourer. He enlisted to fight in the first war to which colonial Australia had formally sent a force, the Soudan conflict. Rowe enlisted on 01/10/1883 at 18 years 11 months, and embarked on 03/03/1885. He returned to Australia on 23/06/1885 aboard the SS Arab. The Australian contingent in the Soudan sailed for home 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.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 28 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 11.79 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: aboriginal depictions, siege of khartoum 1884-1885, wars conflicts
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: military history
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1885 AD
Obverse Description: SOUDAN (on tab); I TAKE BUT I SURRENDER/E.JONES; Engraved FREDRICK ROWE above Aborigine and European who hold a shield between them
Reverse Description: .PRESENTED BY THE CITIZENS OF SYDNEY./T.PLAYFAIR.MAYOR,1885 around wreath; within: engraved NSWA
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Plain (edge)
SOUDAN (on tab); I TAKE BUT I SURRENDER/E.JONES; Engraved FREDRICK ROWE above Aborigine and European who hold a shield between them (obverse)
.PRESENTED BY THE CITIZENS OF SYDNEY./T.PLAYFAIR.MAYOR,1885 around wreath; within: engraved NSWA (reverse)
Shape: Round
Material: Gilt
Issued By: T. Playfair - City of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Issued by T. Playfair, Mayor of Sydney
Awarded To: Fredrick Rowe, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Has had his name engraved above the Arms on the obverse.
References: Ca 1885/10

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