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Medal - Return of Troops from Soudan, New South Wales, Australia, 1885 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20315

Australia New South Wales Sydney
Return of Troops from Soudan 1885 (AD)
Mint: not recorded
Other Details: Medal issued to commemorate the return of Australian troops from the Sudan. The Australian contingent in the Soudan sailed for home on 17 May 1885, a mere 50 days after they had arrived. Australian casualties were few, and those who died fell to disease rather than enemy action. The contingent arrived in Sydney on 19 June. Five days later the contingent marched through the city to a reception at Victoria Barracks where they stood in pouring rain as the Governor, Lord Loftus, and the Premier gave speeches. It was generally agreed that, no matter how insignificant the military contribution by New South Wales, it marked an important stage in the development of colonial self-confidence and demonstrated the important of links with Britain.
Previous Collections:McArthur
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 22 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 5.33 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: siege of khartoum 1884-1885, wars conflicts
Themes this item is part of: Charles George Gordon, Major General, British Army (1833-1885), George McArthur, Collector & Baker (1842-1903), Public Life & Institutions Collection, McArthur Bequest
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: military history
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1885 AD
Obverse Description: Bust of General Gordon wearing cap facing right; around, GENERAL GORDON C.B.
Reverse Description: around above, WELCOME RETURN,
In exergue:N.S.W./CONTINGENT
At centre, Female figure (New South Wales) reclining at left facing right and leaning on shield decorated with bee-hive and sailing ship; a ship powered bt steam and sail entering the Heads passed a light-house
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Plain (edge)
GENERAL GORDON C.B. Head of General Gordon facing r. (obverse)
WELCOME RETURN, In exergue:N.S.W./CONTINGENT Female figure (Britannia) reclining, a ship entering the Heads (reverse)
Shape: Round
Material: Gilt
Issued By: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Person Depicted: General Charles Gordon, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1885
Previous Collection: George McArthur
References: See Car. 1885/5 central struck medal
  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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