Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee medal, 1897.
Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee in 1897 was celebrated the great enthusiasm throughout the British Empire. It prompted many Australian local governments and politicians to issue commemorative medals. This medal was issued by Robert Harper, MLA, Bourke East Ward. Harper was a successful business entrepreneur and politician. Bourke East Ward, which no longer exists, extended northward in a narrow corridor from Melbourne to Big Hill (parallel to Mount Macedon).

Obverse Description

Jugate busts, young & old Queen Victoria; around, QUEEN VICTORIA'S 60TH YEAR OF REIGN + 1837 TO 1897 +;

Reverse Description

At centre within broad zigzag decorated rim; Royal Arms with lion and unicorn supporters; above, FROM ROBERT HARPER MLA below, 1897 / BOURKE EAST

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