Medal - Centenary of Western Australia, Western Australia, Australia, 1929 Reg. No: NU 18978
- Australia Western Australia Perth
Centenary of Western Australia 1929 (AD)
Other Details: Silver medal from the Perth Mint commemorating the centenary of the foundation of the Swan River Colony in Western Australia in 1829. It was designed by George Kruger Gray, a designer, painter and medallist who worked for the Royal Mint in London. His designs appeared on coins in many countries of the British Empire. In 1827 Captain James Stirling and botanist Charles Fraser explored the Swan River region. Their glowing reports influenced the British Government's decision to found a colony. Stirling returned in 1829 as Lieutenant-Governor of the new Colony, accompanied by free settlers. In 1832 Stirling appointed a Legislative Council of four government officials to assist him. Western Australia was not constituted as a separate entity until 1890.
The number of medals struck by the Royal Mint Perth Branch were; gold 3, silver 889, and 84,700 bronze. The final quantity of all types of medals issued was 82,492.
The prices were:
Gold approximately £11/0/0
Fine Silver 7/6
Bronze (toned and lacquered) 2/6, and
The medals were supplied in envelopes, but cases could be purchased for 3/-. Prices included postage.
Bronze medals were also available at subsidised prices of 3d. for children under 15 that were not on school rolls.
|Dimensions:||39 mm (Diameter)|
|Weight:||37.23 g (Weight)|
|Tagged with:||celebrations, western australia centenary 1929|
|Themes this item is part of:||George Kruger Gray, Designer, Painter & Medallist (1880-1943), Public Life & Institutions Collection, Edgar Bertram Mackennal, Sculptor (1863-1931), HRH King George V (1865-1936), Perth Mint, Medal & Coin Makers, East Perth, Western Australia|
|Tertiary Classification:||public events|
|Series:||Australian Commemorative Medals|
|Obverse Description:||Crowned bust of George V left; around, GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP:|
|Reverse Description:||Swan advancing left with wings spread; around, CENTENARY . OF . WESTERN . AUSTRALIA . 1929|
Crowned bust of George V left; around, GEORGIVS V REX ET IND: IMP: (obverse)
Swan advancing left with wings spread; around, CENTENARY . OF . WESTERN . AUSTRALIA . 1929 (reverse)
|Issued By:||Perth, Western Australia, Australia, 1929|
|Mint:||Perth (Mint), 1929|
|Artist:||George Gray - Royal Mint, London, 1929|
|Artist:||Sir Bertram Mackennal, 1929|
|Person Depicted:||HM King George V|
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