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Medal - Centenary Settlement of Portland, Victoria, Australia, 1934 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 33024

100 Anniversary of Settlement of Portland 1834 - 1934 (AD)
Mint: Stokes & Sons
Other Details: Gilt medal issued to commemorate the centenary of the settlement of Portland in 1834. It names Lieut. James Grant in honour of his 'discovering and naming Portland Bay 1800'. Grant was a career British naval officer who commanded the Lady Nelson, a surveying ship he was supposed to deliver in 1800 to the more experienced surveyor Matthew Flinders, waiting in Sydney. Flinders had left Australia by the time Grant arrived, however, and it fell to Grant and his colleagues to undertake a preliminary survey of the Bass Coast, as well as the Hunter Valley region.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 31 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 11.27 g (Weight)
Dimension Comment: height to top of lug 36 mm.

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Tagged with: australian exploration, celebrations, victoria centenary 1934-1935
Themes this item is part of: James Grant, Naval Lieutenant (1772-1833), Public Life & Institutions Collection, Science & Measurement Collection, Transport Collection, Edward Henty, Pastoralist (1810-1878), Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: centenary of victoria
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1934 AD
Obverse Description: At centre within line circle bust of Henty facing 3/4 left, around within circle, 'EDWARD HENTY VICTORIA'S PIONEER PORTLAND', the mint name, STOKES in small letters under the bust; around outside circle, 'TO COMMEMORATE THE 100TH. ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST SETTLEMENT . 1834 . 1934 .'
Reverse Description: Within broad rim, figure of Grant in suit and top-hat standing on deck of his ship which is under sail right, in background ocean and land; above, 'BRIG / LADY NELSON' around on broad rim, 'LIEUT. JAMES GRANT DISCOVERING AND NAMING PORTLAND BAY .1800 .'
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: round
Material: Gilt
Issued By: Victoria, Australia, 1934
Mint: Stokes & Sons, 1934

Name, STOKES below bust of Henty
Person Depicted: Mr. Edward Henty, 1934
Person Depicted: Lieutenant James Grant, 1934

Depicted standing of the deck of the brig Lady Nelson naming Portland Bay.
References: Car. 1934/8


Chris Posted on 10 Feb 2010 9:47 AM
I have a medal. Centenary of Melbourne 1935, A man standing to the left with a stick, Buildings on the right and in the background. 1835 bellow. On reverse Centenery of Victoria 1934, A small ship on the left and a small boat to the right with 3 men. Portland 1834 bellow. Any information would be appreciated.

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