Summary

Royal Humane Society of Victoria's medal for proficiency in swimming and life saving. The medal was struck by the Melbourne firm Stokes and Martin who donated this piece to the Melbourne Mint as an example of their medallic work. The Royal Humane Society of Australasia was founded in 1874 as the Victorian Humane Society. In 1882 it became 'The Royal Humane Society of Australasia', the first federal institution in Australia. The first object of the Society was to bestow award upon people who risked their lives to save others; the second object was to assist recipients who were disadvantaged or disabled as a result of their brave actions, or to assist their surviving dependents. Initially the Society also arranged swimming and lifesaving training, but other organisations later took over this role. For many years the Society was located in the Old Customs House, Flinders Street, Melbourne.

Obverse Description

Scene of life saver rescuing man, sailing ship, lighthouse and rising sun in background; above, BENE NARE VITAM SALVARE; in exergue above un-engraved scroll, PRESENTED TO

Reverse Description

Small crowned head of Queen Victoria within wreath; below, AWARDED / FOR PROFICIENCY IN / SWIMMING / WITH REFERENCE / TO SAVING / LIFE; around, THE ROYAL HUMANE SOCIETY OF AUSTRALASIA . INSTITUTED 1874 .

Edge Description

Plain

More Information

  • Collecting Areas

    Leisure, Public Life & Institutions, Transport

  • Acquisition Information

    Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978

  • Date Issued

    1874 AD

  • Issued By

    Royal Humane Society of Australasia, Victoria, Australia

  • Mint

    Stokes & Martin (Mint)

  • Date Issued

    1874

  • Person Depicted

    HM Queen Victoria

  • Inscriptions

    Plain (edge) Scene of life saver rescuing man, sailing ship, lighthouse and rising sun in background; above, BENE NARE VITAM SALVARE; in exergue above un-engraved scroll, PRESENTED TO (obverse) Small crowned head of Queen Victoria within wreath; below, AWARDED / FOR PROFICIENCY IN / SWIMMING / WITH REFERENCE / TO SAVING / LIFE; around, THE ROYAL HUMANE SOCIETY OF AUSTRALASIA . INSTITUTED 1874 .(reverse)

  • Series

    Award

  • Material

    Bronze

  • Axis

    12

  • Classification

    Medals, Life saving awards, Swimming proficiency

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline

    Numismatics

  • Type of item

    Object

  • Exhibition Collection Management

    4 mm (Height), 52 mm (Outside Diameter)

  • Shape

    Round

  • References

    [Book] Bannister, Colin. 1996. Seven Thousand Brave Australians: a History of the Royal Humane Society of Australasia 1874-1994.
    [Article] Faringdon-Davis, John. 1984. The Royal Humane Society. Australian Numismatist. 5 (August): 2-15.

  • Keywords

    Life Saving Awards, Sport, Swimming