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Medal - Return of Troops from Soudan, New South Wales, Australia, 1885 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20313

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: 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: 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.
Set in ornate silver mount with sphinx above and engraved below, EGYPT / 1885
Reverse Description: around above, WELCOME RETURN, engraved below this, June 20th 85; 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. Engraved around on mount; 616 Men returned. Took part in 4 skirmishes with Arabs COST OF EXPEDITION TO N.S.W. 130,000
Edge Description: Plain, ring mount at 12
Inscriptions: PLain, ring mount (edge)
GENERAL GORDON C.B. (Engraved EGYPT/1885) General Gordon facing r.,Sphinx engraved above him,scroll floral design at sid (obverse)
Shape: Diamond & Loop
Material: Silver
Issued By: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Person Depicted: General Charles Gordon, 1885
Previous Collection: George McArthur
References: Ca 1885/5
  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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