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Medal - Federation of the Australia, Inauguration of Commonwealth, Australia, 1901 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 33019

Summary:
Australia
Inauguration of Australian Commonwealth (AD)
Mint: not recorded
Australian Natives Association
Geelong
Other Details: Medal issued by the Australian Natives' Association to commemorate the inauguration of Commonwealth in 1901. The Australian Natives' Association was formed in Melbourne in 1871. Its focus was political. Composed of native-born Australians, it aimed to develop a direction for Australia that was independent of Britain, and to develop quality educational facilities for native Australians, who appeared to be disadvantaged by a lack of British education. It was a vocal supporter of Federation. The ANA spread to all Australian states and eventually New Zealand. Its non-political activities came to include cultural events, personal sponsorships and even support for the development of Australian football. Following Federation it adopted causes including national defence, the White Australia policy, railway expansion and nature conservation.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 22 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 6.00 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: australian federation 1901
Themes this item is part of: Australian Natives Association (ANA), Melbourne, Victoria, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: australian federation
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1901 AD
Obverse Description: Shields of each State joined by ribbon around Australian Arms with kangaroo and emu supporters;
around on wide rim, THE AUSTRALIAN COMMONWEALTH
Reverse Description: At centre within line circle, TO / COMMEMORATE/ THE / INAUGURATION / OF THE / AUSTRALIAN / COMMONWEALTH / JAN. 1 1901;
around, AUSTRALIAN NATIVES ASSN. * GEELONG BRANCH No. 55 *
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: (edge)
(obverse)
(reverse)
Shape: round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Australia
Commissioned By: Australian Natives' Association (ANA), Geelong, Victoria, Australia, 1901
References: Not listed by Carlisle but obverse same as T/2
Bibliography:
  1. [Article] Williams, Melvin. 1995. A Very Australian Friendly Society. Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia. 8: 59-64.

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