Summary

Australia Victoria
1978 (AD)
Mint: Stokes
Other Details: A large copper coloured aluminium medal issued in 1978 to commemorate the Centenary of the Shire of Narracan. Narracan is located in Gippsland, east of Melbourne, 13km south-west of Moe. The Narracan Shire included the gold-mining town of Walhalla and the coal-mining centre of Yallourn. Gold rushes were significant in the early development of the Shire. As well as Walhalla itself, gold rushes occured in the surrounding areas of Tanjil, Jordan River, Donnelly's Creek and Aberfeldy. At Coopers Creek copper mining also developed. On 20 September 1878 the Narracan Shire was gazetted, stretching from the Moe River a little beyond Yarragon to the existing Rosedale Shire boundary. Industries in the Narracan area today include include agriculture, timber production, mining and manufacturing.

Physical Description

A large copper coloured aluminium medal issued in 1978 to commemorate the Centenary of the Shire of Narracan featuring on the obverse, in front of British Royal Arms, two crossed shields - the left shield, overlapping the right, has a Lyre-bird standing right and a ferntree; the right has a tree and plough; below, 1978; around on wide rim in the form of a belt, SHIRE OF NARRACAN. And on the reverse at centre within a broad rim a simple map of the Shire picked out by small relief formations over which, SHIRE OF / NARRACAN; to left in plain field, W'GUL, to right, MOE. Around within braod rim, COMMEMORATING 100 YEARS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT . 1878 - 1978 . Below in small letters the mint name, STOKES MELB. It's edge is plain, with mount and ring attached at 12

Obverse Description

In front of British Royal Arms, two crossed shields - the left shield, overlapping the right, has a Lyre-bird standing right and a ferntree; the right has a tree and plough; below, 1978; around on wide rim in the form of a belt, SHIRE OF NARRACAN

Reverse Description

at centre within a broad rim a simple map of the Shire picked out by small relief formations over which, SHIRE OF / NARRACAN; to left in plain field, W'GUL, to right, MOE. Around within braod rim, COMMEMORATING 100 YEARS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT . 1878 - 1978 . Below in small letters the mint name, STOKES MELB.

Edge Description

Plain, with mount and ring attached at 12

Significance

Narracan is located in Gippsland, east of Melbourne, 13km south-west of Moe. The Narracan Shire included the gold-mining town of Walhalla and the coal-mining centre of Yallourn. Gold rushes were significant in the early development of the Shire. As well as Walhalla itself, gold rushes occured in the surrounding areas of Tanjil, Jordan River, Donnelly's Creek and Aberfeldy. At Coopers Creek copper mining also developed. On 20 September 1878 the Narracan Shire was gazetted, stretching from the Moe River a little beyond Yarragon to the existing Rosedale Shire boundary. Industries in the Narracan area today include include agriculture, timber production, mining and manufacturing. -City of Latrobe web site http://www.latrobe.vic.gov.au/content.cfm?topicid=80; Adams, J. Mountain gold: a history of the Baw Baw and Walhalla country of the Narracan Shire, Victoria. -D. Tout-Smith 25/11/2003.

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