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Medal - Departure of the Troops for Soudan, New South Wales, Australia, 1885 Numismatics 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
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 48 mm (Height), 44 mm (Width)
Weight: 13.13 g (Weight)

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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
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: military history
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1885 AD
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 .
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: (edge)
Shape: Diamond & Loop
Material: Silver
Issued By: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1885
Person Named: Colonel John Richardson
Previous Collection: George McArthur
References: Car.1885/11
  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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