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Medal - Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria, Eaglehawk, Victoria, Australia, 1897 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20453

Australia Victoria Eaglehawk
Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee 1897 (AD)
Mint: not recorded
Other Details: Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee in 1897, marking 50 years on the throne, was celebrated the great enthusiasm throughout the British Empire. It prompted many Australian local governments and politicians to issue commemorative medals. This medal was issued by the Borough of Eaglehawk, and named E.C. Brown as Mayor. Eaglehawk was a small town eight kilometres outside Bendigo. Its first mine, the rich Eaglehawk Gully, opened in 1852, the year after gold had been discovered in Bendigo. Eaglehawk was established as a Borough in 1862, and became a thriving satellite community of Bendigo. By 1903 it had a population of 8,130, 'numerous hotels', three state schools, two private schools, nine churches, a court of petty sessions, a police station, two mechanics institutes, several organised societies and a park 'hansomely laid out with flower beds and shrubs'. The 'model borough' had 1,862 houses, and streets lit partly with gas and partly with kerosene. Eaglehawk decline in the inter-war years as gold production reduced and Bendigo developed as an economic centre. It has now been absorbed into Greater Bendigo.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 31 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 13.16 g (Weight)
Dimension Comment: 31mm

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Tagged with: celebrations, queen victoria diamond jubilee 1897, royal anniversaries, royalty british
Themes this item is part of: Municipality of Eaglehawk, Victoria, George McArthur, Collector & Baker (1842-1903), Public Life & Institutions Collection, 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 +;
(around rim below dates in tiny letters the mint name:STOKES & SONS
Reverse Description: Within central diamond Royal Arms above Eaglehawl standing facing with wings spread, in background poppet-head and factory; around, EAGLE HAWK E.C. BROWN MAYOR 1897
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: (edge)
Shape: round
Material: Gilt
Issued By: Eaglehawk, Victoria, Australia
Commissioned By: Borough of Eaglehawk, Eaglehawk, Victoria, Australia, 1897
Person Depicted: HM Queen Victoria
Person Named: Mr. Edward Brown - Eaglehawk Town Council, Eaglehawk, Victoria, Australia, 1897

Named as Mayor on medal
References: Car. 1897/31


George Hayward Posted on 11 Feb 2010 11:50 PM
While prospecting at Kanowna Western Australia
last year i uncovered the 1897 Eagle Hawk medelion missing in the above images,this medalion is in near mint condition,I can try and send you an image of it if you wish,Cheers George.
Discovery Centre Posted on 12 Feb 2010 1:48 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi George! Thank you for your kind offer. We do actually have an image of this object - whilst not all items on Collections Online have their images attached to their record yet, this is gradually being completed. Check back for more images and more objects online as we work on this project!

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