Summary

Australia Victoria Brunswick
Federated Comonwealth, 1901 (AD)
Mint: not recorded
Other Details: Medal issued in 1901 to commemorate the establishment of the Commomwealth of Australia. It was commissioned by the Town of Brunswick, and names John Wood Fleming as Mayor. John Wood Fleming was local politician and a Justice of the Peace. He lived at 270 Park West, Brunswick. As a Councillor he represented South Ward. He sat on a Public Works committee in 1900, and was elected Mayor, retiring in August 1902. In 1902 Brunswick had a population of 24,182 and 5,024 houses on 2,722 acres. It included a wide range of factories including potteries, smelting and gas works.
Previous Collections: George McArthur

Obverse Description

Britannia seated left, under arch inscribed, UNITY IS STRENGTH; with a capping-stone inscribed FEDER/ATION/1901,on globe which depicts Australia, holds flaming staff in right hand and rests left of Union Jack Shield; around AUSTRALIAN COMMONWEALTH, on ribbon below, ADVANCE. The names of the States are given on the columns of the arch.

Reverse Description

British Arms within wreath from scroll bearing, UNITY IS STRENGTH; around, IN COMMEMORATION OF FEDERATED AUSTRALIA; around all, CR. JOHN WOOD FLEMING, J. P. MAYOR * TOWN OF BRUNSWICK *

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Significance

John Wood Fleming was local politician and a Justice of the Peace. He lived at 270 Park West, Brunswick. As a Councillor he represented South Ward. He sat on a Public Works committee in 1900, and was elected Mayor, retiring in August 1902. In 1902 Brunswick had a population of 24,182 and 5,024 houses on 2,722 acres. It included a wide range of factories including potteries, smelting and gas works. -Victorian Municipal Directories. -D. Tout-Smith 20/2/2004.

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