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Medal - Clarke Medal, Royal Humane Society of Australasia, Australia, 1914 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 18240

Summary:
Australia
Clarke Medal 1914 (AD)
Mint: not recorded
Awarded to: Mazza, Frank

Other Details: This medal was awarded to Frank Mazza by the Royal Humane Society of Australasia for his act of bravery on 13 November 1914 (case number 3014). Mazza was a 26-year-old miner. He and two other miners were trapped in the Marvel Loch mine, Western Australia, following a fall of 100-200 feet. One miner was killed outright; Mazza was himself uninjured and managed to free the other surviving miner. They were rescued four days later through a tunnel dug into the mine. The Clarke medal was established through a grant to the Humane Society by Sir William Clarke in 1881. It was awarded in gold or silver. The Royal Humane Society of Australasia was founded in 1874 as the Victorian Humane Society. In 1882 it became 'The Royal Humane Society of Australasia', the first federal institution in Australia. The first object of the Society was to bestow award upon people who risked their lives to save others; the second object was to assist recipients who were disadvantaged or disabled as a result of their brave actions, or to assist their surviving dependents.
Description:
A silver prize medal of the Society (39 mm diameter with mount and red and white ribbon ) It features a female placing a wreath on the head of a kneeling male beneath the Southern Cross and provides the name of the winner, Frank Mazza the date 13-11-14 on the reverse within a wreath.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 100 mm (Height), 38 mm (Diameter)

More information

Themes this item is part of: Royal Shipwreck Relief & Humane Society of New South Wales, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Wannenmacher Collection, William J. Clarke, Farmer (1831-1897), Royal Humane Society of Australasia
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Life Saving Awards
Tertiary Classification: mining disasters
Series: Australian Award Medals
DateEra: 1914 AD
Obverse Description: Woman in Ancient Greek clothing standing at left placing wreath on head of young man kneeling at right below Southern Cross; around, VIRTUTE PARATUM
Reverse Description: At centre within olive wreath AWARDED / TO / FRANK / MAZZA / 13-11-14 around, ROYAL HUMANE SOCIETY OF AUSTRALASIA INSTD. A.D. 1874 (the name of recipient and date are engraved)
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Woman in Ancient Greek clothing standing at left placing wreath on head of young man kneeling at right below Southern Cross; around, VIRTUTE PARATUM (obverse)
At centre within olive wreath AWARDED / TO / FRANK / MAZZA / 13-11-14 around, ROYAL HUMANE SOCIETY OF AUSTRALASIA INSTD. A.D. 1874 (the name of recipient and date are engraved)(reverse)
Shape: Round and ribbon
Material: Silver
Issued By: Royal Humane Society of Australasia, Australia, 1914
Sponsor: Sir William Clarke
Awarded To: Frank Mazza, Western Australia, Australia, 1914
Place & Date of Event: Yilgarn Goldfields, Southern Cross, Western Australia, Australia, 13 Nov 1914
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Colin Bannister, Seven Thousand Brave Australians: a History of the Royal Humane Society of Australasia 1874-1994, Royal Humane Society of Australasia, Melbourne, 1996
  2. [Article] Faringdon-Davis, John. 1984. The Royal Humane Society. Australian Numismatist. 5 (August): 2-15.

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