Summary

Australia Victoria Strathfieldsage
1887 (AD)
Mint: Stokes & Martin
Other Details: Queen Victoria's 50th jubilee in 1887 was celebrated the great enthusiasm throughout the British Empire. This medal was one of many issued by local governments to commemorate the occasion. This medal was commissioned by the Shire of Strathfieldsaye, near Bendigo. Interestingly, it is inscribed Strathfieldsage. The medal names C.W. Read as Shire President. The President's name was actually Charles Henry Read, according to the Victorian Municipal Directory, who served as President from 1887 to 1888. These mistakes suggest that the Museum's copy is a reject. In the year the medal was issued Strathfieldsaye had a population of 4,040 and an area of 229 square miles. Its main centres were Axedale, Kangaroo Flat and Strathfieldsaye. Leading industries were mining, farming, wine-growing and tanning.

Obverse Description

Veiled young head of Queen Victoria facing left; around, VICTORIA JUBILEE , below, 1887 Makers name, STOKES & MARTIN, in tiny letters on truncation

Reverse Description

At centre within broad rim, Royal Arms above crusher, grape-vine, arcade and horse drawn hay wagon; below a ribbon with, PROGRESS; around on broan rim, SHIRE OF STRATHFIELDSAGE; below, C.W. READ / PRESIDENT

Edge Description

Plain

Significance

his medal was commissioned by the Shire of Strathfieldsaye, near Bendigo. Interestingly, it is inscribed Strathfieldsage. The medal names C.W. Read as Shire President. The President's name was actually Charles Henry Read, according to the Victorian Municipal Directory, who served as President from 1887 to 1888. These mistakes suggest that the Museum's copy is a reject. In the year the medal was issued Strathfieldsaye had a population of 4,040 and an area of 229 square miles. Its main centres were Axedale, Kangaroo Flat and Strathfieldsaye. Leading industries were mining, farming, wine-growing and tanning. -Victorian Municipal Directory, 1887. -D. Tout-Smith 11/2/2004.

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