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Medal - Professional Officers' Association, Australia, 1957 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 35609

Bronze medal awarded by Professional Officers' Association to Dr. Philip Law in 1957. Designed by Andor Meszaros and minted by Pinches, London.

Dr Philip Law led Australia's scientific expeditions to Antarctica from the late 1940s, was the first Director of the Australian Antarctic Division and was responsible for the establishment of Australia's Antarctic stations and sub-antarctic station on Macquarie Island. The medal was designed by renowned medallist Andor Meszaros. He used both sides of the medal to depict the two elements of successful management: planning (represented by an old man contemplating a piece of mineral) and action (a young man with plans overseeing construction). As in many of Andor's medals, the use of nude figures in this piece reflects his classical training.

The Professional Officers' Association, Commonwealth Public Service, was a union formed federally in 1917. It continued until 1975, when it became the Professional Officers' Association, Australian Public Service.
Medal in round timber case with separate lid. Lower part of case appears to be designed as a display mount.
Statement Of Significance:
For over half a century, sculptors Andor (1900-1973) and Michael (1945- ) Meszaros have created medals that reflect the high points of life in Australia. From major awards and portraits of eminent Australians to artwork celebrating popular culture and the natural world, these objects illuminate our culture and history. Grounded in a centuries-old European art tradition, the medals create connections across disciplines and link such diverse subjects as scientific advances, religious themes, sport, the performing arts and motherhood. Through their public and private commissions and their personal artworks, the Meszaros sculptors have defined the modern Australian medal.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Dr Phillip Law - Australian Antarctic Division Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition, 1994
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 70 mm (Diameter)
Dimension Comment: Diameter = 70 mm - Weighs over 100 g.. - too heavy for coin scale

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Tagged with: antarctic exploration, trade unions
Themes this item is part of: Andor Mészáros, Medal Artist (1900-1972), Antarctica Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Science & Measurement Collection, Professional Officers' Association, Australia, Migration Collection, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Meszaros Medals Collection, Ship History - HMAS Wyatt Earp
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: antarctic exploration
DateEra: 1957 AD
Obverse Description: Male nude holding drawing board (?). City scene in background with high-rise buildings, ship and bridge.
Inscribed across centre CONFI / CE . Inscribed lower right, PROFESSIONAL / OFFICERS / ASSOCIATION.
Artist's signature and 1957 on lower left.
Reverse Description: In foreground, bearded male figure seated on stool, wearing loincloth, examining rock. Mountainous scenery in background.
Inscribed across centre: VESTI / GA / ET
Artist's signature and 1957 on lower left
Edge Description: MR. P.G. LAW / AWARD OF MERIT / 1957
Shape: Round
Issued By: Professional Officers' Association, Australia, 1957
Artist: Andor Mészáros, 1957
Awarded To: Dr Phillip Law - Australian Antarctic Division Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1957
  1. [Catalogue] Sharples, John P. 1990. Medals as Art: Australia and the Meszaros Tradition.
  2. [Article] Jewell, Raymond T. 1986. Michael Meszaros: The Man and his Medals. Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia. 2: 4-24.

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