Token - 1 Penny, Late Strike, Stead Bros, Grocers & Seedsmen, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, circa 1918 Reg. No: NU 4343
- Bronze One Penny Token, a late strike, minted by Thomas Stokes, Melbourne, circa 1918. First issued by Stead Bros, Grocers & Seedsmen, Bendigo, Victoria, 1862. The three Stead brothers came to Victoria in the early 1850s from Leeds in England. They established themselves as 'fruiterers, grocers and produce merchants' in Bendigo soon afterwards. The brothers were active in their business through the 1860s. Between 1862 and 1864 they maintained a store at in Melbourne, as well as their main shop in Bendigo. From 1865 they were using H. Box & Co.'s premises as their Melbourne address. John Stead ran the Bendigo side of the business, his brothers looking after the Melbourne depot. The brothers ran a number of teams between the two cities. The Steads also kept something of a menagerie, which was not always kept under control. It is recorded that their magpie escaped and a five [pound] reward was offered. Then, their monkey escaped and the local paper reported: That embodiment of mischief, 'Stead's Monkey', managed yesterday to slip his chain and occassioned considerable amusement to a large crowd by his agility and cunning in avoiding his intending captors.'
- A round bronze token (34 mm diameter). The token features the name, address and business of the issuer: Stead Bros., Pall Mall, Sanhurst (Bendigo), grocers & seedsmen. The reverse features a coat of arms.
- Acquisition Information:
- Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
|Dimensions:||34 mm (Diameter)|
|Weight:||14.870 g (Weight)|
|Tagged with:||late strikes|
|Themes this item is part of:||Stead Brothers, Grocers & Seedsmen, Bendigo, Victoria, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales, Alfred Chitty Collection|
|Primary Classification:||TRADE TOKENS|
|Secondary Classification:||Australia - Victoria|
|Tertiary Classification:||late strikes|
|Obverse Description:||STEAD BROTHERS / FRUITERERS / GROCERS / & SEEDSMEN / PALL MALL / SANDHURST|
|Reverse Description:||Stokes stock Arms (And.13) rim chipped 08-09 & rusted|
|Inscriptions:||Obverse: STEAD BROTHERS FRUITERERS GROCERS & SEEDSMEN PALL MALL SANDHURST
Reverse: VICTORIA 1862 T. STOKES MAKER 100 COLLINS ST. MELBOURNE
|Issued By:||Stead Brothers, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, 1862|
|Mint:||Stokes (Mint), circa 1918|
|Previous Collection:||Mr Alfred Chitty|
Gardner, F., Trade tokens and the firms who issued them, The Australian Storekeepers and Traders Journal, 30 March 1912, p. 10 (photocopy);
Public Records Office of Victoria internet index of Unassisted Immigrants to Victoria, 1852 - 1923, VPRS 7666;
Sharples, J., "Catalogue of Victorian Trade Tokens' in Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia, Vol. 7, December 1993, p.19;
Advertisement, The Bendigo Advertiser, 4 July 1862, p.1; -Hope, John. Stead Brothers. Unpublished MSS. 2005: 2pps.
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