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Medal - Purdy Memorial, Sydney Technical College, New South Wales, Australia, 1936 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20725

Summary:
Australia New South Wales Sydney
Purdy Memorial Medal for Final Aggregate for the Health Inspectors Certificate, Sydney Technical College1936 (AD)
Mint: Amor
Other Details: This Purdy Memorial medal is a 'Tribute From Health Week' issued by Sydney Technical College. It depicts John Smith Purdy, a distinguished health worker who worked as metropolitan medical officer of health in Sydney. He was influential in slum clearance and contributed to Sydney's falling death rate through improvements in sanitation and food purity. After World War I Purdy lectured in sanitary law at Sydney Technical College. In 1921 he became President of the Health Society of New South Wales, as well as contributing to the Australian Association for Fighting Venereal Disease and the Town Planning Association of New South Wales. Thereafter he became Chair of the Public Health Association of New South Wales. He died the year this medal was issued. Sydney Technical College was established in 1878 as a state-subsidized technical facility providing scientific, technical and professional training. In 1949 the New South Wales University of Technology took over operations on the campus.
Description:
An unissued specimen bronze prize medal (51 mm diameter) featuring a bust of J.S. Purdy facing wearing suit with waist-coat and tie. The surfaces have been lacquered as part of the manufacturing process.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 51 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 70.22 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: education, health well-being, health campaigns, healthcare medicine
Themes this item is part of: John Smith Purdy, Medical Officer & Lieutenant-Colonel (1872-1936), Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Sydney Technical College, New South Wales, W.J. Amor Mint, Medal Maker, New South Wales
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: medicine & health
Series: Australian Prize Medals
DateEra: 1936 AD
Obverse Description: Bust of J.S.Purdy facing, wearing suit and tie; around at left, J.S.PURDY in field right, 1872 / 1936
Reverse Description: Above flaming winged torch and plaque for engraving name of winner, PURDY MEMORIAL MEDAL / SYDNEY TECHNICAL COLLEGE; below plaque, FINAL AGGREGATE / HEALTH INSPECTORS / CERTIFICATE / A TRIBUTE FROM HEALTH WEEK below open olive wreath the makers name AMOR C.H.E
Edge Description: Impressed: SPECIMEN ONLY
Inscriptions: Obverse: J.S.PURDY 1872 1936
Reverse: PURDY MEMORIAL MEDAL SYDNEY TECHNICAL COLLEGE FINAL AGGREGATE HEALTH INSPECTORS CERTIFICATE A TRIBUTE FROM HEALTH WEEK AMOR C.H.E
Edge: SPECIMEN ONLY
Shape: Round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Sydney Technical College, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Mint: Amor (Mint), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1936
Person Depicted: John Purdy

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