Summary

Australia
Shire of Narracan
Queen Victoria Jubilee 1887 (AD) medal
Mint: Stokes & Martin
Other Details: The fiftieth anniversary of the ascention of Queen Victoria was celebrated with enthusiasm throughout the Empire. This medal was one of many issued by local governments to commemorate the occasion. 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.
Previous Collections: McArthur

Obverse Description

Head of Queen Victoria facing left, wearing veil and coronet; Around, VICTORIA'S JUBILEE Below, 1887. No inscription on truncation of Queen's neck.

Reverse Description

At centre within broad rim two shields crossed; front shield features Lyrebirn and palmtree back features wheat sheaf and plough; behind both Royal Arms (only the top of which can be seen; around above on rim, SHIRE OF NARRACAN; around below, * PRESIDENT WM. SCARLETT *

Edge Description

Plain

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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