Summary

Australia Victoria
Other Details: Dr. John Chapman produced this bronze medal in 1988 to mark the bicentenary of the Charlotte medal. This medal was presented to the museum by Dr. Chapman and has been engraved MUSEUM OF VICTORIA. The medal incorporates a reproduction the 1788 'Charlotte' medal from the Chapman Collection, featuring a depiction of the Charlotte at anchor in Botany Bay and a written account of key points of the ship's journey from London.

Physical Description

A bronze medal which incorporates a replica of the 1788 'Charlotte' medal from the Chapman Collection; this features a depiction of the Charlotte at anchor in Botany Bay and a written account of key points of the ship's journey from London. The medal was supplied in a black box but this (and the white silk ribbon in it) have caused the medal to tone.

Obverse Description

At centre, within a broad rim, a reproduction of the obverse of the Charlotte medal; the Charlotte at anchor facing right, stars above; behind the ship between an image of the sun and the moon, The Charlotte at anchor / in Botony Bay / Janr th.20, 1788; on the broad rim, above, * AUSTRALIA * below, 1788 - 1988

Reverse Description

At centre, within a broad rim, a reproduction of the reverse of the Charlotte medal; Sailed / the Charlotte of / London from spit head the / 13 of May 1787. Bound for Botany / Bay in the Island of New holland / Arrived at Teneriff th4 of June in / Lat 28 13 N Long 16 23 W departed it / 10 D arrived at rio janeiro 6 of Aug in / Lat 22, 54 S Long 42, 38 W , depart,d it the / 5 of Sepa arriv,d at the Cape of good hope the / 14 Octr in Lat 34 29 S Long 18 29 E / depart.d it th13 of Novr and mad the / South Cape of New hollandthe '8 of / Jany 1788 Lat 48; 32 S / Long 146, 56 E arrivd, at Botany Bay / the 20 of Janr the Charlotte in Co. in / Lat 34 00 S Long 15 h 00 East diftance / from great Britain / Miles / 13106 around on broad rim, JOHM M. CHAPMAN COLLECTION * PRESENTED TO / MUSEUM OF VICTORIA *

Edge Description

Stamped, 35

Significance

The original 'Charlotte' medal was inscribed by hand as a memento of the voyage of the Charlotte as part of the First Fleet. The Charlotte was one of six convict transports and two warships that arrived in Botany Bay on 20 January 1788. The medal is held in the collection of the issuer of this medal, Dr John Chapman. -L.J. Carlisle, 1983. Australian Commemorative Medals and Medalets, p.1.

More Information

  • Collecting Areas

    Public Life & Institutions

  • Acquisition Information

    Donation from Dr John Chapman, 29 April 1987

  • Date Issued

    1988 AD

  • Issued By

    Dr John Chapman, Victoria, Australia, 1988

  • Mint

    Hafner (Mint), Victoria, Australia, 1988

  • Commissioned By

    Dr John Chapman, Victoria, Australia, 1988

  • Inscriptions

    Obverse: At centre, within a broad rim, a reproduction of the obverse of the Charlotte medal; the Charlotte at anchor facing right, stars above; behind the ship between an image of the sun and the moon, The Charlotte at anchor / in Botony Bay / Janr th.20, 1788; on the broad rim, above, * AUSTRALIA * below, 1788 - 1988 Reverse: At centre, within a broad rim, a reproduction of the reverse of the Charlotte medal; Sailed / the Charlotte of / London from spit head the / 13 of May 1787. Bound for Botany / Bay in the Island of New holland / Arrived at Teneriff th4 of June in / Lat 28 13 N Long 16 23 W departed it / 10 D arrived at rio janeiro 6 of Aug in / Lat 22, 54 S Long 42, 38 W , depart,d it the / 5 of Sepa arriv,d at the Cape of good hope the / 14 Octr in Lat 34 29 S Long 18 29 E / depart.d it th13 of Novr and mad the / South Cape of New hollandthe '8 of / Jany 1788 Lat 48; 32 S / Long 146, 56 E arrivd, at Botany Bay / the 20 of Janr the Charlotte in Co. in / Lat 34 00 S Long 15 h 00 East diftance / from great Britain / Miles / 13106 around on broad rim, JOHM M. CHAPMAN COLLECTION * PRESENTED TO / MUSEUM OF VICTORIA * Edge: Stamped, 35

  • Series

    Australian Commemorative Medals

  • Material

    Silver

  • Axis

    12

  • Classification

    Medals, Commemorative, Bicentenary of australia

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline

    Numismatics

  • Type of item

    Object

  • Dimensions

    39.34 g (Weight)

  • Shape

    round

  • Keywords

    Australian Bicentenary, 1788-1988, Celebrations, First Fleet