Australia Victoria Sale
Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee 1897 (AD)
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Other Details: Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee in 1897 was celebrated the great enthusiasm throughout the British Empire. It prompted many Australian local governments to issue commemorative medals. Sale was established in the early 1850s. Its development was stimulated by the gold rush to nearby Omeo and its strategic location on the route between Port Albert and the gold diggings. It was also an important service centre for East Gippsland and the Monaro Plains of New South Wales. Sale was proclaimed a Borough in 1863. As shipping on the Gippsland Lakes increased, more boats carrying passengers and supplies began using the Latrobe River as an entry to Sale. The Latrobe Wharf, a site close to the low level bridge built in the 1850s, developed in the 1870s. Moves to link the shipping trade with the town and the railhead led to two extensive projects in the 1880s: the construction of the Sale Canal and a swing bridge over the Latrobe River. Sale became a busy steamer port, although it struggled during the depression of the 1890s. This medal was issued at the end of that decade. Sale recovered in the twentieth century, and the Town of Sale was established in 1924.

Obverse Description

Conjoined head of Victoria of 1837 and veiled bust of Victoria of 1897; around, QUEEN VICTORIA'S 60TH. YEAR OF REIGN . 1837 TO 1897 .

Reverse Description

Around, within a broad rim and set within a diamond, a swan swimming left, below, 1897; around diamond, BOROUGH OF SALE GIPPS LAND; around on broad rim, DIAMOND JUBILEE * AUSTRALIAN CELEBRATION *

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