Australia New South Wales
Shipwreck relief medal (AD)
Other Details: Medal issued by the Royal Shipwreck Relief and Humane Society of New South Wales but never awarded. The Royal Shipwreck Relief and Humane Society of New South Wales was founded as the National Shipwreck Relief Society of New South Wales in 1877 'for the relief of the widows, orphans and others dependent upon men lost in the marine service of our coast, or elsewhere, such relief to be distributed at the discretion of the Committee'. In 1968 it was re-named the Royal Humane Society of New South Wales.
An un-issued bronze award medal (38 mm diameter) featuring a scene of rescue from a sinking sailing ship and with space on the reverse for engraving details of an award.
A sailor wearing early life-jacket examins a ship-wrecked man who has been cassed ashore holding a piece of wreckage. Behind an angel consols a woman weeping and holding a child while crowning the sailor with a wreath. In the background, a sailing ship sinking, a boat being rowed to shore and a lighthouse. Around on broad rim, SUNT LACRYMAE RERUM SUNT ET SUA PRAEMIA LAUDI.
Around space for engraving details of an award, on a lifebuoy, ROYAL SHIPWRECK RELIEF & HUMANE SOCIETY/OF N.S.W./ AWARDED TO
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 11 Jan 1978
Plain (edge) SUNT LACRYMAE RERUM SUNT ET SUA PRAEMIA LAUDI. (obverse) ROYAL SHIPWRECK RELIEF & HUMANE SOCIETY OF N.S.W. AWARDED TO (reverse)
Type of item
38 mm (Outside Diameter), 30.92 g (Weight)