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Medal - Centenary of Sunday Schools, Victoria, Australia, 1880 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20867

Summary:
Australia Victoria
Centenary of Sunday Schools 1880 (AD)
Mint: not recorded
Other Details: This medal was struck to commemorate the centenary of the establishment of Sunday Schools. The medal pictures Robert Raikes, generally considered the father of the Sunday School movement, although Bible reading and the teaching of basic skills on a Sunday was an established activity in some eighteenth century Puritan and evangelical congregations, and in Wales some circulating schools offered a Sunday School. Robert Raikes started his first school for the children of chimney sweeps in Gloucester in 1780. Raikes used his position as proprietor and editor of the Gloucester Journal to publicize the work. After his first editorial in 1783, Sunday Schools rapidly. Two years later an undenominational national organization, the Sunday School Society, was set up to co-ordinate and develop the work.
Previous Collections: George McArthur
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 31 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 12.87 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: religions, sunday schools
Themes this item is part of: George McArthur, Collector & Baker (1842-1903), Public Life & Institutions Collection, Robert Raikes, Founder of Sunday Schools (1736-1811), McArthur Bequest
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: religions
Series: Australian Historical Medals
DateEra: 1880 AD
Obverse Description: Bust of Robert Raikes facing 3/4 left; around, ROBERT RAIKES
Reverse Description: Around on raised rim, * CENTENARY OF SUNDAY SCHOOLS 8 VICTORIA
at centre, JUNE / 1880
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round with hole
Material: Copper
Issued By: Victoria, Australia
Person Depicted: Robert Raikes, England, Great Britain
Previous Collection: George McArthur
References: Car.1880/15
Bibliography:
  1. [Thesis] Lugton, Mary E. 1989. George McArthur of Maldon: his Life and his Book Collection.
  2. [Catalogue] Morrison, Ian. 2003. The Baker of Maldon.

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