Australia New South Wales
Shipwreck relief medal (AD)
Mint: Sydney
Other Details: Purchased by donor at closure of Sydney Mint. The National Shipwreck Relief Society of New South Wales (later the Royal Shipwreck Relief and Humane Society of New South Wales) was founded in 1877 'for the relief of the widows, orphans and others dependent upon men lost in the marine service of our coast, or elsewhere, such relief to be distributed at the discretion of the Committee'. In 1902 it became the Royal Shipwreck Relief and Humane Society of New South Wales, and in 1968 it was re-named the Royal Humane Society of New South Wales.

Physical Description

An un-issued bronze award medal 45 mm diameter) featuring a scene of rescue from a sinking sailing sgip and with spave on the reverse for engraving details of an award.

Obverse Description

A sailor wearing early life-jacket examins a ship-wrecked man who has been cassed ashore holding a piece of wreckage. Behind an angel consols a woman weeping and holding a child while crowning the sailor with a wreath. In the background, a sailing ship sinking, a boat being rowed to shore and a lighthouse. Around on broad rim, SUNT LACRYMAE RERUM SUNT ET SUA PRAEMIA LAUDI.

Reverse Description

Around space for engraving details of an award, on a lifebuoy, NATIONAL SHIPWRECK RELIEF SOCIETY OF N.S.W.

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