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Medal - Sesquicentenary of Victoria & Melbourne, M.R. Roberts Ltd, New South Wales, Australia, 1985 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20620

Summary:
Australia Melbourne
Victorian & Melbourne Sesqui-centenary medal 1985 (AD)
Mint: Amor
Other Details: A gilt medal issued by M.R. Roberts to commemorate the sesquicentenary of Victoria and Melbourne. It features the bust of Edward Henty, considered the first settler in Victoria, and names John Batman and John Pascoe Fawkner. In May 1835, a syndicate led by John Batman explored Port Phillip Bay, looking for suitable sites for a settlement. Batman claimed to have signed a 'treaty' with Aboriginal leaders, giving him ownership of almost 250,000 hectares of land. Three months later, another syndicate of farmers, led by John Pascoe Fawkner, entered the Yarra River aboard the Enterprize, establishing the first permanent settlement. New South Wales Governor Richard Bourke declared Batman's treaty illegal and the settlers to be trespassers. But within two years, more than 350 people and 55 000 sheep had landed, and the squatters were establishing large wool-growing properties in the district. Bourke was forced to accept the rapidly growing township.
Description:
A gilt medal issued by M.R. Roberts
Bust of Henty facing 3/4 left; in field left in small letters, EDWARD / HENTY around above, PORTLAND VICTORIA
around, TO COMMEMORATE THE FIRST SETTLEMENT 1834 - 1984
Royal Exhibition Building; below in small letters, BATMAN - FAWKNER; above, MELBOURNE;below, 1835 - 1985
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Barrie Winsor - Wynyard Coin Centre, 1985
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 32 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 13.63 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: celebrations, melbourne sesquicentenary 1984, royal exhibition building, victoria sesquicentenary 1985
Themes this item is part of: John Batman, Pastoralist & Melbourne Pioneer (1801-1839), Royal Exhibition Building Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Edward Henty, Pastoralist (1810-1878), W.J. Amor Mint, Medal Maker, New South Wales, The Founding of Melbourne, 1835
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: sesquicentenary of victoria
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1985 AD
Obverse Description: Bust of Henty facing 3/4 left; in field left in small letters, EDWARD / HENTY around above, PORTLAND VICTORIA
around, TO COMMEMORATE THE FIRST SETTLEMENT 1834 - 1984
Reverse Description: Royal Exhibition Building; below in small letters, BATMAN - FAWKNER; above, MELBOURNE;below, 1835 - 1985
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: (edge) Plain
(obverse) Bust of Henty facing 3/4 left; in field left in small letters, EDWARD / HENTY around above, PORTLAND VICTORIA
around, TO COMMEMORATE THE FIRST SETTLEMENT 1834 - 1984
(reverse) Royal Exhibition Building; below in small letters, BATMAN - FAWKNER; above, MELBOURNE;below, 1835 - 1985
Shape: round
Material: Gilt Bronze
Issued By: M.R. Roberts Ltd, New South Wales, Australia, 1984
Mint: Amor (Mint), Australia, 1984
Commissioned By: M.R. Roberts Ltd, New South Wales, Australia, 1984
Person Depicted: Mr. Edward Henty
Person Named: Mr. John Fawkner
Person Named: John Batman

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