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Medal - Burke & Wills, Australia, 1864 Reg. No: NU 20095
Burke and Wills 1861 (AD)
Mint: Stokes, T.
Other Details: Thomas Stokes struck this medal about 1864 to commemorate the 1861 Burke and Wills expedition. The medal appears to be based on the famous sculpture in Melbourne by Charles Summers in 1864-5, and may in fact commemorate the sculpture rather than the expedition itself. The medal was struck on the aging W.J. Taylor press that Stokes had bought in 1857.
Previous Collections: National Gallery of Victoria.
- Acquisition Information:
- Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
|Dimensions:||37 mm (Width), 38 mm (Diameter)|
|Tagged with:||australian exploration, burke wills expedition 1860-1861|
|Themes this item is part of:||Public Life & Institutions Collection, Science & Measurement Collection, Flagstaff Observatory, 1858-1863, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales|
|Tertiary Classification:||australian exploration|
|Obverse Description:||Copy of statue of Burke & Wills
around above, BURKE & WILLS
In exergue, A SC [T] S M
|Reverse Description:||Around rim the legend, IN COMMEMORATION OF AUSTRALIA BEING FIRST CROSSED
at centre in eight lines, BY/BURKE/WILLS/KING/AND/ /GRAY/IN/1861
BURKE & WILLS/A SC [T] S M Statue of Burke & Wills (obverse)
IN COMMEMORATION OF AUSTRALIA BEING FIRST CROSSED/BY/BURKE/WILLS/KING/AND/ /GRAY/IN/1861(reverse)
|Person Depicted:||Robert Burke|
|Person Depicted:||William Wills|
|Person Named:||Mr John King|
|Person Named:||Charles Gray|
|Previous Collection:||National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Numismatics Collection, pre 1976|