Summary

Australia Victoria Tarraville
Medal - Tarraville State School Prize 1882 (AD)
Mint: Stokes & Martin
Other Details: White metal Tarraville State School prize medal, dated 1882. Located 236 km south east of Melbourne Tarraville was once a booming stopover point for the gold prospectors making their way across country from Port Albert to the Omeo goldfields. At the height of the goldrush it has a population of 219 which, remarkably, was the largest stable population in the area. Today there is little of importance left at Tarraville. It is a sleepy town which attracts visitors curious to see Victoria's second-oldest timber building.

Physical Description

A white metal prize medal (38 mm diameter) awarded to students who passed in all sublects in 1882 under the guidance of the teacher A. Liddelow. It has a Stokes & Martin standard "The Victoria Medal" obverse with a crowned and veiled head of Queen Victoria facing left.

Obverse Description

Crowned and veiled head of Queen Victoria facing left, around on broad rim, THE VICTORIA MEDAL + STOKES & MARTIN MELBOURNE

Reverse Description

Around on broad rim,TARRAVILLE STATE SCHOOL No. 615 * 1882 * at centre, PASSED / IN ALL / SUBJECTS / A. LIDDELOW / TEACHER

Significance

Located 236 km south east of Melbourne Tarraville is a quiet little town which was once a booming stopover point for the gold prospectors making their way across country from Port Albert to the Omeo goldfields. At the height of the goldrush it has a population of 219 which, remarkably, was the largest stable population in the area. Today there is little of importance left at Tarraville. It is a sleepy town which attracts visitors curious to see Victoria's second-oldest timber building.
Source: Fairfax Walkabout http://www.walkabout.com.au/locations/VICTarraville.shtml - John Sharples 24/11/2003.

More Information