Queen Victoria's 50th Jubilee in 1887 was celebrated the great enthusiasm throughout the British Empire. This medal was one of many issued by local governments to commemorate the occasion. It was issued by the Mount Gambier Town Council, and names William Thurston as Mayor. Mount Gambier is located half way between Adelaide and Victoria, on the coast of South Australia. Stephen George Henty, one of the founders of Portland, was the first European person to see the lakes in the crater of Mount Gambier. His party was followed by many pastoralists and settlers who were attracted to the rich district. In 1854 Hastings Cunningham subdivided a section of 77 acres to form Gambiertown (later Mount Gambier). Soon Government agencies formalized the subdivision and private landholders began to settle. The first Town Council was formed in 1876, and in 1954 Mount Gambier was declared a City.
Mint: Stokes & Martin.

Obverse Description

Head of Queen Victoria wearing veil and coronet facing left; around, VICTORIA'S JUBILEE below, 1887

Reverse Description

At centre within ornate wide rim a view of the Mount GambierTown Hall; around above, WM. THURSTON J.P. MAYOR; in exergue, MOUNT / GAMBIER

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