Other Details: Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee was celebrated the great enthusiasm throughout the British Empire. It prompted many Australian local governments to issue commemorative medals. This gilt bronze medal was issued by the City of Hobart to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897. It names John George Davies as Mayor of Hobart, and was Struck by Stokes & Sons. Davies was co-owner of the Hobart Mercury. In 1884 he became an alterman in the Hobart City Council, and served six terms as mayor before his retirement in 1901. He also captained several Tasmanian cricket teams touring the Australian and New Zealand colonies, founded the Southern Tasmanian Cricket Association, was an office-holder in both the Tasmanian and national rifle associations and was later deputy grand master in the Freemasons. In 1883 he organized the Juvenile Industrial Exhibition in Hobart, in 1888 was in charge of the Tasmanian Industrial Court at the Melbourne Centennial Exhibition and the following year was honorary commissioner for Tasmania at the Paris Exhibition. He was also a Justice of the Peace.

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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; view of Hobart town hall; above, TOWN HALL; in exergue, 1897; On broad rim above, * CITY OF HOBART *; below, J.G. DAVIES, MAYOR

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