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    Posted: 03 Mar 2011 at 11:08

The following phots show the front and reverse faces of the medallion.

 
 
REL/15692
Title
Commemorative Medallion : Anzac In Eternal Remembrance 1914-18
Object type
Medallion
Date made
c 1918-1920
Collection
Heraldry
Description
Bronze Anzac medallion. The medallion shows, on the obverse, the head and shoulders silhouette of a slouch hatted Australian soldier holding a rifle. In raised letters below the rifle are the words 'ANZAC. IN ETERNAL REMEMBRANCE. 1914-18.' Also present in small raised letters is the name 'DORA OHLFSEN'. On the reverse of the medallion is the raised head and shoulders figure of a woman (representing Australia) placing laurels on the brow of her fallen son. Impressed in small letters near the edge below the woman's hand are the words 'DORA OHLFSEN 1916'.
 
Summary
The 'Anzac Medallion', as it was generally known, was designed in Rome by expatriate Australian scuptress Dora Ohlfsen, who spent most of her working life in Italy. It was produced after the First World War as a fund raising venture to aid seriously and permanently injured Australian and New Zealand soldiers, and was primarily sold in the United Kingdom. The committee overseeing the production and sale of the medallion, and the management of the funds raised, included Sir Charles Wade, Mr Graham Lloyd (London representative of the Sydney Morning Herald) and Generals Birdwood, Monash and Talbot Hobbs. A card accompanying the medallion read 'in aid of Australians and New Zealanders maimed in the War - 1914-18'. Ohlfsen used a likeness of her brother for the silhouette of the Australian soldier on the obverse, while the female figure representing Australia on the reverse was modelled upon Miss Alix Simpson, who was living in Rome at the time.
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