ANZAC Rememberance 1914-1918 medal, designed by Dora Ohlfsen and issued in 1919. Th medal features a fallen soldier being comforted by a female 'Australia'.
The medal was produced and sold to raise funds for of Australians and New Zealanders maimed in World War I. Dora Ohlfsen was one of Australia's foremost medallists in the first half of the twentieth century, although she principally lived in Europe and was better appreciated outside Australia. This medal is one of the most remarkable of all Australian commemorative medals. Its sensitive, romantic treatment of its subjects recalls European, and particularly French, medallic art. It was made at the artist's expense. She had worked as a nurse for the Red Cross in Italy during World War I, and was deeply moved by the experience.
Woman, representing Australia, mourning a young man, laurel branch in the foreground artist's name DORA OHLFSEN 1918 struck half off the flan below the soldier
ANZAC/IN ETERNAL/REMEMBRANCE./1914-18./DORA OHLFSEN Outline of a soldier with gun
This medal is one of the most remarkable of all Australian commemorative medals. Its sensitive, romantic treatment of its subjects recalls European, and particularly French, medallic art. -Sheedy, K.A. 1989. Dora Ohlfsen - the Forgotten Heroine of Australian Medallic Art. Australian Coin Review. 132 (Aug 1989), pp. 18-21.
Dora Ohlfsen was a multi-talented lesbian sculptor, musician and a writer who lived and worked in Italy, Russia and England. She was one of Australia's foremost medallists and sculptors in the first half of the 20th century.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15 Mar 1976
Type of item
59 (Outside Diameter), 91.61 g (Weight)
Car. 1914-18/1 in original blue case with card that reads AMNZAC MEDAL / DESIGNED BY DORA OLFSEN / IN AID OF AUSTRALIANS / AND NEW ZEALANDERS / MAIMED IN THE WAR
[Article] Sheedy, K. A. 1989. Dora Ohlfsen - The Forgotten Heroine of Australian Medallic Art. Australian Coin Review. 302: 18-21.
[Catalogue] Jones, Mark. 1979. The Dance of Death: Medallic Art of the First World War.
[Book] Carlisle, Leslie J. 1983. Australian commemorative medals and medalets from 1788.