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Medal - Valuable Service, Scottish Comunn na Feinne Society of Geelong, Victoria, Australia, 1877 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 34518

Australia Victoria Geelong
Comunn na Feinne Valuable Service Medal 1877 (AD)
Mint: not recorded
Awarded to: Mackay, J.S.
Other Details: This silver medal was awarded to the honorable secretary of the Scottish Comunn na Feinne Society of Geelong, Mr J.S. Mackay, in 1877, in recognition of his services. The iconography of the medal is very interesting. The Society marks its Scottish- Australian identity by portraying a Scotsman alongside a traditional Aboriginal figure as supporters of its arms. The Comunn na Feinne Society, also known as the Fingalian Society, was established in Geelong by immigrants from the Scottish Highlands. Members would almost certainly have spoken Scottish Gaelic and membership may have been restricted to Highlanders and Gaelic speakers. The Society lasted from the 1850s to the 1940s and in its early years featured the traditional Highland game of 'shinty' (akin to the Irish game of 'hurling') at its New Year gatherings.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 4.00 mm (Height), 114.00 mm (Length), 52.00 mm (Diameter)
Dimension Comment: Measurement From Conservation. Measuring Method: Length is of medal and ribbon

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Tagged with: aboriginal depictions, scottish cultural activities, scottish immigration, tartan
Themes this item is part of: Comunn na Feinne, Geelong, Victoria, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Getting In, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 2003-2015, Cultural Diversity Collection, Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Civil
Tertiary Classification: miscellaneous awards & prizes
Series: Award
DateEra: 1877 AD
Obverse Description: Arms of Comunn na Fein supported by Scotsman and male aboriginal. In scroll above, CORAM NA FEINNE. Below arms in scroll, SEAS CUIS.
Reverse Description: Engraved, COMUNN NA FEINNE / TO / Mr. J.S.MACKAY / IN RECOGNITION / of his / Valuable Services as / HON SEC / Geelong Jany. 1877
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round and ribbon
Material: Silver
Issued By: Comunn na Feinne, Geelong, Geelong, Victoria, Australia, 1877
Awarded To: James Mackay - Comunn na Feinne, Geelong, Victoria, Australia, 1877


Ronald William Kemp Posted on 15 Oct 2010 9:24 PM
I have the same medal presented to William Kemp as First Prize for Euclid & Algebra - Educational Examination 1865. Presented 1st JANy 1866. We know my Great Uncle was a student at Flinders School in Geelong
Robert Weatherson Posted on 05 May 2015 9:37 AM
My family has one of these medals.
The obverse marking is identical to the museum example.
Reverse engraving "SENIOR CLASS","ComunnSiaFeinne","PUBLIC EXAMINATION" "Awarded to" "William Rancie", "FOR READING" "GEELONG" "Novr
30th 1861"
The embossing on the obverse is exceptionally sharp.

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