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Medal - Bushman's Corps, New South Wales Patriotic Fund, New South Wales, Australia, 1900 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20317

Summary:
Australia New South Wales Sydney
Good Luck to the Australian Bushmens Contingent Transvaal War 1900 (AD)
Mint: Amor
Head of Liberty / Horseman advancing left
Other Details: Bushman's Corps medal, issued at the end of the Boer War. In 1899 the Boers, descendants of Dutch settlers, declared war on the British forces. They were disgruntled with interference in local affairs by the British, who had maintained a presence in the region for over a century. Enthusiastic civilians throughout the Australian colonies volunteered for service, supported by their respective colonial governments. Over 15,000 served in colonial contingents during the Boer War. The first joint colonial regiment, the Australian Regiment, was formed from companies from Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania. The British gradually wore down Boer resistance, and peace was declared on 31 May 1902. The Peace of Vereeniging replaced the British military administration with a civil administration, eventually leading to self-government. Australian casualties in the war totalled about 1400, with 518 killed. Six Australians were awarded the Victoria Cross for their bravery. The new Federal Government granted money to assist incapacitated Boer War veterans and their dependents.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 23 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 4.97 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: boer war 1899-1902, british transvaal war 1899-1900, wars conflicts
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, W.J. Amor Mint, Medal Maker, New South Wales, Boer War, South Africa, 1899-1902
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Military Campaigns
Tertiary Classification: army campaigns
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1900 AD
Obverse Description: Head of Liberty facing left, wearing Liberty Cap;
around, TO AID THE N.S.W. PATRIOTIC FUND .TRANSVAAL WAR SOUVENIR.
Reverse Description: Soldier in uniform riding horse left, holds rifle in right hand;
around, *GOOD LUCK TO THE AUSTRALIAN BUSHMENS CONTINGENT
below ground-line in small letters the makers name, AMOR SYDNEY below that, 1900
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Plain (edge)
TO AID THE N.S.W. PATRIOTIC FUND/.TRANSVAAL WAR SOUVENIR. Classical male head facing left (obverse)
*GOOD LUCK TO THE AUSTRALIAN BUSHMENS CONTINGENT/1900/AMOR SYDNEY Soldier on horse riding l. (reverse)
Shape: Round with hole
Material: Gilt Bronze
Issued By: New South Wales Patriotic Fund, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Mint: Amor (Mint), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1900
References: Ca 1900/21

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