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Medal - Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria, Shire of Bellarine, Victoria, Australia, 1897 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20436

Summary:
Australia Victoria Shire of Bellarine
Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee 1897 (AD)
Mint: not recorded
Other Details: 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, including the Shire of Bellarine. Bellarine is a rural locality to the west of Melbourne on the northern side of the Bellarine Peninsula, between Clifton Springs and Portarlington. A Presbyterian church and a school were established in about 1854, the year the Bellarine road district was declared. Four years later a mechanics' institute was founded, and in 1865 a Wesleyan church and school opened. On 18 September that year the Bellarine shire was proclaimed. It extended from Geelong to Ocean Grove, occupying all of the Bellarine Peninsula except Queenscliff. Other coastal townships included Clifton Springs, Indented Head, Portarlington, Ocean Grove and St. Leonards. Inland were the Drysdale township and farmlands with good soil for agriculture. The Shire headquarters were located in Drysdale. By 1871 Bellarine municipality's census population was 3,802. The Peninsula's industries included creameries, wattle liquor factories and boiling-down works; its primary industries focussed on vegetable-growing.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 31 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 12.43 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: architecture, celebrations, queen victoria diamond jubilee 1897, royal anniversaries, town halls
Themes this item is part of: Municipality of Geelong, Victoria, Municipality of Bellarine, Victoria, Public Life & Institutions Collection, HM Queen Victoria (1819-1901), Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales
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 * (stops on either side of date in form of crosses);
Reverse Description: At centre within wide rim view of front of Shire Hall; above, VICTORIA , in exergue, 1897;
around on broad rim, SHIRE OF BELLARINE * F.J. PACEY, PRES. A. M'WILLIAMS, SEC. *
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: (edge)
(obverse)
(reverse)
Shape: round
Material: Gilt
Issued By: Shire of Bellarine, Victoria, Australia, 1897
Mint: Stokes & Sons, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1897
Commissioned By: Shire of Bellarine, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 1897
Person Depicted: HM Queen Victoria
Person Named: Mr Frederick Pacey - Shire of Bellarine, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 1897

Named as Shire President on this medal
Person Named: Andrew McWilliams - Shire of Bellarine

Named as Shire Secretary on this medal. The reverse reading 'A. M'Williams' must be an abbreviation - it may be for Mac rather than Mc.
References: Car. 1897/49

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