100 Anniversary of Settlement of Portland 1834 - 1934 (AD)
Mint: Stokes & Sons
Other Details: Gilt medal issued to commemorate the centenary of the settlement of Portland in 1834. It names Lieut. James Grant in honour of his 'discovering and naming Portland Bay 1800'. Grant was a career British naval officer who commanded the Lady Nelson, a surveying ship he was supposed to deliver in 1800 to the more experienced surveyor Matthew Flinders, waiting in Sydney. Flinders had left Australia by the time Grant arrived, however, and it fell to Grant and his colleagues to undertake a preliminary survey of the Bass Coast, as well as the Hunter Valley region.

Obverse Description

At centre within line circle bust of Henty facing 3/4 left, around within circle, 'EDWARD HENTY VICTORIA'S PIONEER PORTLAND', the mint name, STOKES in small letters under the bust; around outside circle, 'TO COMMEMORATE THE 100TH. ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST SETTLEMENT . 1834 . 1934 .'

Reverse Description

Within broad rim, figure of Grant in suit and top-hat standing on deck of his ship which is under sail right, in background ocean and land; above, 'BRIG / LADY NELSON' around on broad rim, 'LIEUT. JAMES GRANT DISCOVERING AND NAMING PORTLAND BAY .1800 .'

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