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Medal - Royal Humane Society of Australasia, Australia, 1891 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 18243

Summary:
Australia
Bronze Medal 1891 (AD)
Mint: not recorded
Awarded to: Martin, Lewis

Other Details: Medal awarded to Lewis Martin by the Royal Humane Society of Australasia for his act of bravery on 3 August 1891 (case #1106). Lewis Martin a 44-year-old fish salesman 'who had recently come to the [Bacchus Marsh] district'. He and Thomas Anderson used a punt to try to rescue Lucius Herbert Marston and Albert Ernest Abud, who were clinging to a fence in floodwaters. A third man, Henry Biggs, a 25-year-old brickmaker who had recently married, had already drowned. The men clinging to a fence had themselves tried to undertake a rescue of a man who was endangered by floodwaters, at the request of local Police Constable David McGrath. Martin and Anderson's punt capsized, and they were fortunate to escape drowning. The men clinging to the fence were eventually rescued by other bystanders. Martin, Anderson, Marston and Abud all received bronze medals from the Royal Humane Society of Australasia.
Description:
An mounted (althouth the mount and ribbon have come off the medal) 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, Lewis Martin and the date 3rd Aug. 1891 on the reverse within a wreath. This medal does not have the usual artist's names nor plants, it appears to be from replacement for the original die.
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), Lewis Martin, Bravery Medal Recipient (circa 1860s-?), Royal Humane Society of Australasia, 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
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: societies
Series: Australian Award Medals
DateEra: 1891 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 / Lewis Martin / 3rd Augt./ 1891; 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 / Lewis Martin / 3rd Augt./ 1891; around, ROYAL HUMANE SOCIETY OF AUSTRALASIA INSTD. A.D. 1874 (the name of recipient and date are engraved)(reverse)
Shape: round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Royal Humane Society of Australasia, Australia, 1891
Artist: Julius Hogarth
Artist: Charles Turner
Awarded To: Mr Lewis Martin, 1891
Place & Date of Event: Bacchus Marsh District, Victoria, Australia, 03 Aug 1891
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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