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Medal - Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria, Shire of Traralgon, Victoria, Australia, 1897 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20458

Summary:
Gilt medal featuirng image of building, issued by the Shire of Traralgon in 1897 to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria.

Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee in 1897 was celebrated the great enthusiasm throughout the British Empire. It prompted many Australian local governments to issue commemorative medals. The Shire of Traralgon was no exception. Its medal named Hugh Dunbar as Shire President and Francis McKinnell as Shire Secretary. Located in Gippsland, east of Melbourne, the Shire of Traralgon was first settled in the 1840s. The Traralgon area developed as a result of being on a direct route to the goldfields on the Tanjil. Amendments to the Colonial Land Act saw the subdivision of land and increasing settlement in the area. The main occupation of the settlers was dairying. By 1866 the Traralgon boasted a hotel, post office and general store. The Traralgon Shire was formed in 1879, by which time a variety of shops and other businesses had become established. The construction of the railway in the 1880s provided more economic stimulus and local employment. In 1883, the Agricultural Society was formed, and an area was set aside in Traralgon for recreation and to conduct shows. In 1886 a new post office and courthouse were opened. In the new century the Traralgon area developed as a result of industries including the State Electricity Commission and Australian Paper Mills.
Description:
Gilt medal, 31mm diameter, inscribed on both sides. Hole pierced at top for hanging. The obverse features jugate busts of a young and old Queen Victoria. The reverse features a large brick building with trees on either side and inscription around.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 31 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 13.48 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: architecture, celebrations, queen victoria diamond jubilee 1897, royal anniversaries, rural life, town halls, mckinnell
Themes this item is part of: Hugh Dunbar, President, Shire of Traralgon, Victoria, George McArthur, Collector & Baker (1842-1903), Numismatics & Philately Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Municipality of Traralgon, Victoria, HM Queen Victoria (1819-1901)
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: royal jubilees
Series: Australian Commemorative medal
DateEra: 1897 AD
Obverse Description: Jugate busts, young & old Queen Victoria; around, QUEEN VICTORIA'S 60TH YEAR OF REIGN * 1837 TO 1897 *;
makers name, STOKES & SONS, in tiny letters on rim below dates
Reverse Description: At centre within broad rim, building; above, SHIRE HALL; below, TRARALGON
around on broad rim, * HUGH DUNBAR PRESIDENT * F. Mc.KINNELL, SEC.
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: arund, 'QUEEN VICTORIA'S 60TH YEAR OF REIGN * 1837 TO 1897 *'. Maker's name, 'STOKES & SONS', in tiny letters on rim below dates.

Reverse: At centre within broad rim, building; above, 'SHIRE HALL'; below, 'TRARALGON'. Around on broad rim, '* HUGH DUNBAR PRESIDENT * F. Mc.KINNELL, SEC.'
Shape: round
Material: Gilt
Issued By: Shire of Traralgon, Traralgon, Latrobe Valley, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia, 1897
Commissioned By: Shire of Traralgon, Traralgon, Latrobe Valley, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia, 1897
Person Depicted: HM Queen Victoria
Person Named: Mr. Hugh Dunbar - Shire of Traralgon, Traralgon, Latrobe Valley, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia, 1897

Named as Shire President on medal
Person Named: Mr. Francis McKinnell - Shire of Traralgon, Traralgon, Latrobe Valley, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia, 1897

Named as Shire Sectetary on medal
References: Carlisle (1983), reference # 1897/38
Latrobe City Council web site http://www.latrobe.vic.gov.au/content.cfm?topicID=80
Blake, L. 1977. Place Names of Victoria
Traralgon: a Brief Introductory History, compiled by J.F. Power, on Traralgon & District Historical Society web site, http://www.gardencentre.com.au/traralgonhistory/Introductory%20History.htm .
Bibliography:
  1. [Catalogue] Morrison, Ian. 2003. The Baker of Maldon.
  2. [Book], Leslie Carlisle, Australian commemorative medals and medalets from 1788, B & C Press, Sydney, 1983

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