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Medal - Royal Humane Society of Australasia, Australia, 1884 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 18241

Summary:
Bronze Medal awarded to Phillip Halfpenny by the Royal Humane Society of Australasia for his act of bravery in 1884. 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. Initially the Society also arranged swimming and lifesaving training, but other organisations later took over this role. For many years the Society was located in the Old Customs House, Flinders Street, Melbourne.
Description:
An mounted and issued bronze prize medal of the Society (39 mm diameter with purple 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, Phillip Halfpenny the date 1884 on the reverse within a wreath.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 97 mm (Height), 38 mm (Diameter)

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Tagged with: life saving
Themes this item is part of: Charles Turner, Illustrator (1869-1912), Julius Hogarth, Jeweller & Medal Maker (1820-1879), Royal Shipwreck Relief & Humane Society of New South Wales, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Transport Collection, Wannenmacher Collection, Hogarth, Erichsen & Co., Jewellers, Sydney, New South Wales, Royal Humane Society of Australasia
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: societies
Series: Australian Award Medals
DateEra: 1884 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 / Phillip Halfpenny / 1884 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 / Phillip Halfpenny / 1884 around, ROYAL HUMANE SOCIETY OF AUSTRALASIA INSTD. A.D. 1874 (the name of recipient and date are engraved)(reverse)
Shape: Round and ribbon
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Royal Humane Society of Australasia, Australia
Artist: Julius Hogarth
Artist: Charles Turner
Date Issued: 1884
Awarded To: Phillip Halfpenny, 1884
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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