In Commemoration of Federated Australia, 1901 (AD)
Mint: not recorded
Gilt, but most gilding lost
Other Details: Medal issued to commemorate the establishment of the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901. It names Councillor John Wood Fleming, Mayor of Brunswick. John Wood Fleming was local politician and a Justice of the Peace. He lived at 270 Park West, Brunswick. As a Councillor he represented South Ward. He sat on a Public Works committee in 1900, and was elected Mayor, retiring in August 1902. In 1902 Brunswick had a population of 24,182 and 5,024 houses on 2,722 acres. It included a wide range of factories including potteries, smelting and gas works.
Previous Collections: George McArthur
Britannia seated left, under arch inscribed, UNITY IS STRENGTH; with a capping-stone inscribed FEDER/ATION/1901,on globe which depicts Australia, holds flaming staff in right hand and rests left of Union Jack Shield; around AUSTRALIAN COMMONWEALTH, on ribbon below, ADVANCE. The names of the States are given on the columns of the arch.
British Arms within wreath from scroll bearing, UNITY IS STRENGTH; around, IN COMMEMORATION OF FEDERATED AUSTRALIA; around all, CR. JOHN WOOD FLEMING, J. P. MAYOR * TOWN OF BRUNSWICK *
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15/3/1976
Type of item
11.48 g (Weight)
Round with hole