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Medal - Australian Natives' Association (ANA), Australia, circa 1910 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 33850

Aluminium and brass medal featuring outline of Australia in aluminium with the inscription in cast relief 'WHITE AUSTRALIA'. Australia is held within a brass circle, inscribed 'AUSTRALIA FOR THE AUSTRALIANS'. The reverse die is cracked. Probably made around 1910.

The medal was commissioned by the Australian Natives' Association, in an expression of support for the 'White Australia' policy. The White Australia policy, which severely restricted entry of non-British immigrants, was a key expression of the new nation's identity. Tariff protection and immigration restrictions were considered essential to the survival of a European nation at the edge of Asia and the Pacific. The medal employed the metal aluminium to visually proclaim that Australia should be white.

The Australian Natives' Association was a Friendly Society which provided benefits to its Australian-born members. It was a staunch supporter of trade protection and immigration restriction, and Prime Minister Alfred Deakin was a member.
Aluminium medal featuring outline of Australia with inscription in cast relief. Australia is held within a brass circle, also inscribed. Small decorative scroll across top, pierced with ring at top for hanging. The reverse die is cracked across both border and insert.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 32 mm (Height), 23 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: 23 * 30

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Tagged with: import tariffs, protectionism, trading, white australia policy, making history - white australia
Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection, Australian Natives Association (ANA), Melbourne, Victoria, Getting In, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 2003-2015
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: australian history
DateEra: circa 1910 AD
Obverse Description: At centre an aluminium insert map of Australia; across, WHITE / AUSTRALIA; around on brass, ooo AUSTRALIA FOR THE AUSTRALIANS
Reverse Description: on map, PROTECTION; around on border, ooo POPULATION . PRODUCTION . PROGRESS The reverse die is cracked across both border and insert.
Inscriptions: Obverse: at centre an aluminium outline of Australia; 'WHITE / AUSTRALIA'; around on brass, 'ooo AUSTRALIA FOR THE AUSTRALIANS'

Reverse: on map, 'PROTECTION'; around on border, 'ooo POPULATION . PRODUCTION . PROGRESS'.
Shape: Round
Material: Brass and Aluminium
Issued By: Australian Natives' Association (ANA), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1902-1910

The National Museum of Australia holds a similar medal - 2004.0063.0001 - which it dates to 1906.
References: Carlisle W/4

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