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Medal - Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria, Borough of Geelong West, Victoria, Australia, 1897 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20427

Summary:
Australia Victoria Geelong West
Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee 1897 (AD)
Mint: Stokes & Son
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 Borough of Geelong West. Its medal names H. Sargeant as Mayor. Henry Sargeant, of Packington St, served as Mayor from 1896 to 1897. Geelong West began to develop in the 1830s and 1840s, with both industrial and residential activities. In 1858 the Geelong Gas Works was founded in the district of Kildare, and the largest nineteenth century factory in the area, Donaghy's Rope Works, was founded in 1873. In 1886 the Newberry foundry provided both local employment and cast-iron building materials used for the many timber houses to be found in Geelong West. The Borough of Geelong West was proclaimed in 1875. By 1897, when this medal was issued, it had 5,682 people and covered 859 acres.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 31 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 12.44 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: celebrations, queen victoria diamond jubilee 1897, royal anniversaries
Themes this item is part of: Municipality of Geelong, Victoria, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Municipality of Geelong West, Victoria, Municipality of Geelong West, Victoria, HM Queen Victoria (1819-1901)
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: royal jubilees
Series: Commemorative
DateEra: 1897 AD
Obverse Description: Conjoined head of Victoria of 1837 and veiled bust of Victoria of 1897; around, QUEEN VICTORIA'S 60TH. YEAR OF REIGN * 1837 TO 1897 *
Reverse Description: At centre within broad rim Arms of Geelong West featuring steam train, factory, sailing ship and bales of wool; above Austrralian Arms with emu and kangaroo supporters, below on ribbon, BE JUST & FEAR NOT;
around on broad rim, * BOROUGH OF GEELONG WEST * H. SARGEANT, MAYOR
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: (edge)
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(reverse)
Shape: round
Material: Gilt
Issued By: Borough of Geelong West, Australia
Commissioned By: Borough of Geelong West, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1897
Person Depicted: HM Queen Victoria, Ararat, Victoria, Australia
Person Named: Mr. Henry Sargeant - Borough of Geelong West, Geelong West, Victoria, Australia, 1897

Named on medal
References: Car. 1897/17

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