Summary

Australia Victoria Healesville
Centenary, Healesville, Victoria, 1964 1964 (AD)
Mint: K.G.Luke
Bust of Heales facing 3/4 right; around, RICHARD HEALES; below, 1964

Medal manufactured for distribution to residents of Healesville on the occasion of the town's centenary. It features Richard Heales, after whom the city is named. Heales was born in London in 1821 and migrated to Victoria in early 1842. He was a leading temperance campaigner and politician, arguing for land reform and a universal education system. He was well respected for his efforts, and when he died from tuberculosis at the age of 42 there was a public outpouring of grief. The Victorian parliament, in which he had sat, named Healesville in his honour and gave his widow 3,000 pounds to support their six sons and two daughters.

Physical Description

Medal with blue ribbon issued to commemorate the centenary of Healesville featurien on the obverse Bust of Heales facing 3/4 right; around, RICHARD HEALES; below, 1964; and on the reverse within half-wreath; CENTENARY / ... / HEALESVILLE / VICTORIA / AUSTRALIA / 1964 / . In tiny letters above arms of wreath, K.G.L. MELB

Obverse Description

Bust of Heales facing 3/4 right; around, RICHARD HEALES; below, 1964

Reverse Description

Within half-wreath; CENTENARY / ... / HEALESVILLE / VICTORIA / AUSTRALIA / 1964 / . In tiny letters above arms of wreath, K.G.L. MELB

Edge Description

Plain

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