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Medal - Departure of the Troops for Soudan, New South Wales, Australia, 1885 Reg. No: NU 20310
- Australia New South Wales Sydney
Departure of the Troops for Soudan 1885 (AD)
Mint: not recorded
Other Details: Medal commemorating the departure of troops for the Soudan. It was made to help raise money for a Patriotic Fund. The Soudan campaign marked the first time that soldiers in the pay of a self-governing Australian colony fought in an imperial war. On 3 March 1885 an infantry battalion of 522 men and 24 officers, and an artillery battery of 212 men, set sail, led by Colonel John Soame Richardson, who is named on the medal.. A public holiday was held to mark the occasion, described as the most festive ever seen in Sydney. Many people were hostile to the war, however, particularly in working-class suburbs and rural areas.
Previous Collections: George McArthur
- Acquisition Information:
- Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
|Dimensions:||48 mm (Height), 44 mm (Width)|
|Weight:||13.13 g (Weight)|
|Tagged with:||siege of khartoum 1884-1885, wars conflicts, crimean|
|Themes this item is part of:||John Soame Richardson, Colonel (1836-1896), George McArthur, Collector & Baker (1842-1903), Public Life & Institutions Collection, McArthur Bequest|
|Tertiary Classification:||military history|
|Series:||Australian Commemorative Medals|
|Obverse Description:||At centre Australian Arms within wreath and below 'rising sun'
Engraved on mount, emu and kangaroo supporters; engraved around below, ADVANCE NEW SOUTH WALES
|Reverse Description:||Within octagonal border, around, TO COMMEMORATE THE DEPARTURE OF ; in six lins at centre;
THE / N.S.W. / TROOPS / TO / SOUDAN / . MAR-3-85 .
Around, engraved on mount, 622 MEN VOLUNTEEREDTO ASSIST G. BRITAININ SOUDAN Colonel Richardson CAMMANDING OFFICER
|Shape:||Diamond & Loop|
|Issued By:||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1885|
|Person Named:||Colonel John Richardson|
|Previous Collection:||George McArthur|