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Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales
Thomas Stokes was born in Edgeburston, Birmingham, England, in 1831. He was apprenticed to a diesinker, and migrated to Australia in search of gold in the 1850s. He did not succeed, but returned to his trade as a diesinker and button maker. In 1856 he established a successful business at 15 Mincing Lane, Melbourne, and soon moved to larger permises at 115 Flinders Lane.
In 1857 Stokes acquired a press from W.J. Taylor and began to mint large numbers of tradesmen's tokens, some 82 varieties in all (this has more recently been contested). He also commenced the Australian Medallic Issues. Within a short time the business moved again, to 100 Collins Street. In 1873 Stokes took a partner, Martin, and the business was re-named Stokes & Martin. It added silverware to its product line, but the new direction was not well received.The business relocated to 29 Little Collins Street, where in 1893 a disastrous fire damaged a large portion of the business. Unfortunately Martin had forgotten to renew the fire insurance policy, and the partnership was dissolved as a result. Stokes rebuilt the business as Stokes & Son.
The business became a proprietary concern in 1911, re-named Stokes & Son Pty Ltd. Its medals ceased being artistically significant, although remained technically sound. It began to focus on mass-produced medals at competitive prices, rapidly produced with insufficient time to develop artistic designs.
In 1935 the business moved to Albert Street, Brunswick, and in 1962 Stokes became a public company, renamed Stokes (Australasia) Pty Ltd. By 2005, the business had relocated to Ringwood.
Carlisle, L.J. (1983). Australian Commemorative Medals and Medalets from 1788. B & C Press Pty Ltd, Sydney.
Sharples, John P. (1990). Medals as Art: Australia and the Meszaros Tradition, p.16.
Stokes, Tom (1974). 'A Short History of Stokes Limited.' Australian Coin Review. August, pp.15-16.
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Australia Mint: Stokes and Sons Gold/ enamel medal manufactured by Stokes and Sons, Melbourne on behalf of the Grand United Order of Oddfellows, Friendly Society.From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 0
Commemorative Badge issued by the Australian Hibernian Society in 1914. It was manufactured by Stokes & Sons, Melbourne. The Hibernian Australian Catholic Benefit Society was a church-b ...Images: 2
Sterling silver and enamel badge minted by Stokes & Sons, Melbourne in 1899. The badge would have been worn by a supporter of Federation. Although the Commonwealth of Australia Constitu ...Images: 4
Gold medal awarded to Charles James Melrose, the only Australian pilot to win a prize in the Melbourne Centenary Air Race. The Melbourne Centenary Air Race, also known as the MacRobert ...Images: 2
Australia Victoria Brighton Coronation of Elizabeth II 1953 (AD) Mint : StokesFrom: Brighton, Australia Images: 2
Australia Victoria Bendigo Medal - City of Bendigo Centenary 1949 (AD) Mint: StokesFrom: Bendigo, Australia Images: 2
Commemorative Medal, Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee, Issued by Suva, Fiji, 1897 Minted by Stokes, MelbourneImages: 2
Commemorative medal commissioned by the Victorian state government as a souvenir of the Royal Visit by Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh to Victoria in 1954. The medal was pr ...Images: 2
Australia Victoria Melbourne Scotch College Centenary 1951(AD) Mint: StokesFrom: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2
Lead, 1/2 Ounce Token, minted by Stokes & Sons in Melbourne, in 1918. It is a copy of the reverse of the 1 ounce gold coin created for the Kangaroo Office in 1853 by W. J. Taylor of Lon ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2