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Medal - Return of Troops from Soudan, New South Wales, Australia, 1885 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20309

Summary:
Australia New South Wales Sydney
Departure of the Troops for Soudan 1885 (AD)
Mint: not recorded
Other Details: Medals issued to commemorate the return of troops from Soudan. It was made to help raise money for a Patriotic Fund. Australia's first expeditionary force, which fought in the Soudan, arrived back in Sydney on 19 June 1885. It had been led by Colonel John Soame Richardson, named on the medal. 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: George McArthur
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimension Comment: 31 x 31

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Tagged with: siege of khartoum 1884-1885, wars conflicts
Themes this item is part of: John Soame Richardson, Colonel (1836-1896), George McArthur, Collector & Baker (1842-1903), Public Life & Institutions Collection, HM Queen Victoria (1819-1901), McArthur Bequest
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: military history
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1885 AD
Obverse Description: Bust of Queen Victoria veiled and wearing small crown, facing right; around, VICTORIA IMPERATRIX
Engraved on mount; 616 MEN RETURNED TOOK PART IN 4 SKIRMISH ES WITH ARABS/COST OF EXPEDITION TO NSW 130,000/RETD/JUNE 20 1885
Hands shaking engraved at base of mount
Reverse Description: Legend on struck medal : IN COMMEMORATION / OF THE / DEPARTURE / OF N.S.W. / TROOPS / FOR THE / SOUDAN / MARCH 1885
Around, engraved on mount, 622 MEN VOLUNTEEREDTO ASSIST G. BRITAININ SOUDAN Colonel Richardson COMMANDING OFFICER
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Plain (edge)
VICTORIA IMPERATRIX (Engraved 616 MEN RETURNED TOOK PART IN 4 SKIRMISH ES WITH ARABS/COST OF EXPEDITION TO NSW 130,000/RETD/JUNE 20 1885 (obverse)
IN COMMEMORATION/OF THE/DEPARTURE/OF N.S.W. TROOPS/FOR THE/SOUDAN/ MARCH 1885 (reverse)
Shape: Diamond & Loop
Material: Silver
Issued By: New South Wales, Australia
Person Named: Colonel John Richardson
Person Depicted: HM Queen Victoria
Previous Collection: George McArthur
References: Car 1885/1
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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