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. This medal, issued by the Town of Geelong, names the Honorable Sidney Austin as Mayor. Austin was a pastoral expert and progressive who was also an MLA for South-Western Province. He was Mayor of Geelong 1896-96 and MLC until 1904. He died in 1906.

Obverse Description

Jugate busts, young & old Queen Victoria; around, QUEEN VICTORIA'S 60TH YEAR OF REIGN * 1837 TO 1897 * (stops on either side of date in form of crosses).

Reverse Description

At centre within wide rim Royal Arms with lion and unicorn supporters; below, 1897 around on broad rim, TOWN OF GEELONG * THE HON. S. AUSTIN M.L.C., MAYOR *

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