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Image: Medal - Eight Hours Day,1884 AD
Source: Museum Victoria
George McArthur (1842-1903) was born in Linlithgow, Scotland, in 1842 and migrated to Australia in 1852 with his parents and three siblings. His father established a bakery in Maldon, a town in the central Victorian goldfields, and George ran the business in the 1870s and 1880s. He also travelled widely, travelling around the world in his 20s, and again in the 1880s. He amassed a large collection of early printed books, documents, coins and tokens and other artefacts.
In 1903, shortly before his death, McArthur revised his will to bequeath his books to the University of Melbourne and coins and other artefacts to the Trustees of the Public Library, Gallery and Museum. The artefacts bequest included 1357 coins, 575 tokens, 894 medals, 303 badges, 201 ethnographic items. 41 guns and weapons, and other miscellaneous items.
Mary Lugton. (1985). The Library of a Victorian Pioneer, George McArthur, 1842-1903: an Exhibition of Books from his Bequest to the University of Melbourne. Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne
The Baker of Maldon. (2003). A Baillieu Library exhibition, curated by Ian Morrison. University of Melbourne.
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Commemorative Medal honouring the 25 Anniversary of the investiture of Dr. Henri Loeb as Grand Rabbi of Belgium (1834-1859). Designed by Leopold Wiener, issued in Belgium, 1859.Images: 2
Restrike of a Commemorative Medal issued by the United States of America in 1789. Designed by Du Vivier and minted in Paris. The medal commemorates the British evacuation of Boston on 1 ...Images: 2
Commemorative Medal issued to honour Belgian painter, sculptor and architect, Mathieu Ignace van Bree (1733 - 1839). It was designed by Laurant Joseph Hart.Images: 2
Triens, Issued by Ancient Roman Republic, struck after 211BC Issue: Anonymous Minted in RomeImages: 2
Denarius, issued by Ancient Roman Republic, 89 BC Moneyer: L.TITVRI L.F SABINVS (L. Titurius L. f. Sabinus) Minted in RomeImages: 2
Medal Republican Constitution Adopted, Issued by France, 1793 Artist: Benjamin Duvivier Mint not recordedImages: 2
Silver coin; Denomination: Shilling Royal Mint, London King George IV (1820-1830), 2nd Issue The shilling is a 12 pence coin.Images: 2
Silver coin; Denomination: Groat Tower Mint, London King Charles II (1660-1685) For the Maundy ceremony held on Holy Thursday. A groat is a fourpence coin.Images: 2