Summary

Australia
Burke & Wills medal
1861 (AD)
Mint:Thomas Stokes
Other Details: Thomas Stokes struck this medal about 1864 to commemorate the 1861 Burke and Wills expedition. The medal appears to be based on the famous sculpture by Charles Summers in 1864-5, and may in fact commemorate the sculpture rather than the expedition itself. The medal was struck on the aging W.J. Taylor press that Stokes had bought in 1857.
Previous Collections: NGV.88, found in Seal Cabinet in Library, transferred to National Gallery before 1922 (listed by Chitty that year), transferred to Science Museum 1976.

Obverse Description

At centre, image of Burke & Wills sculpture; around above, BURKE & WILLS

Reverse Description

Around: 'IN COMMEMORATION OF AUSTRALIA BEING FIRST CROSSED' in centre in eight lines; BY / BURKE / WILLS / KING / AND GRAY / IN / 1861

Edge Description

Plain

Significance

Thomas Stokes struck this medal about 1864 to commemorate the 1861 Burke and Wills expedition. The medal appears to be based on the famous sculpture by Charles Summers in 1864-5, and may in fact commemorate the sculpture rather than the expedition itself. The medal was struck on the aging W.J. Taylor press that Stokes had bought in 1857. -Sharples, John P. 1990. Medals as art: Australia and the Meszaros tradition. -D. Tout-Smith 17/9/2003.

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