Mint: not recorded
Other Details: This undated Victorian Police medal was formerly in the collection of George McArthur, who died in 1903. It therefore pre-dates this time. The Victoria(n) Police was formally established on 8 January 1853, replacing several smaller policing groups. It initially had a strength of 875 men, including 26 officers, serving a Victorian population of 168,000. Police in the nineteenth century acted as stand-ins for soldiers, firemen and even debt collectors, in addition to fighting crime and maintaining public order.
Previous Collections: George McArthur
VICTORIAN POLICE around a monogram VR
Impressed: the number "1" (very large) within a laurel wreath
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), George McArthur, 15 Mar 1976
pre 1903 AD
Plain (edge) VICTORIAN POLICE around a monogram VR (obverse) Impressed: the number "1" (very large) within a laurel wreath (reverse)
Type of item
47 mm (Outside Diameter)
[Thesis] Lugton, Mary E. 1989. George McArthur of Maldon: his Life and his Book Collection.
[Catalogue] Morrison, Ian. 2003. The Baker of Maldon.