Summary

Australia Victoria Melbourne
Visit of the US Fleet to Australia 1925 (AD)
Mint: not recorded
Other Details: This copper medal commemorates the visit of the US Fleet in 1925. It features an eagle with wings spread, holding the USA flag in its talons, and the head of a sailor. The Fleet was on a world tour. Official events associated with the visit to Australia included a "Banquet given by The Ministers of State for the Commonwealth to Admiral Robert E.Coontz and Officers of the United States Fleet, Federal Parliament House, 27th July 1925" (for which a menu was issued and later held in private collections).

Obverse Description

Eagle with wings spread holding USA flag in talons, above caped head of a sailor 3/4 left; around; 'US. NAVY IN AUSTRALIAN WATERS 1925 SOUVENIR' in small letters 'G.PH'.

Reverse Description

This is a thin metal pressing probably originally mounted in a circular frame. As obverse but incuse.

Edge Description

Plain.

Significance

Huge celebrations surrounded the visit of the United States Navy to Australia in 1908.

'As a friendly hand across the Pacific comes to Australia - the Great White Fleet. In a flashing white it comes, as it were a symbol of a racial ideal to be upheld Australia aspires but to hold her territory free and clean, in trust for the White Race. America's Pacific fleet helps to give us heart to hope that that ideal may be preserved.' - The Lone Hand, 1908. -D. Tout-Smith 24/9/2003.

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