Paul Kruger (obv.) James Grant Portland Bay Centenary (rev.) Mule

Paul Kruger (obv.) James Grant Portland Bay Centenary (rev.) MulePaul Kruger (obv.) James Grant Portland Bay Centenary (rev.) Mule
Form: Circular with attached loop
By: ?
Date: ?
Ref:  Laidlaw: 1152;
30 mmSilvered bronze12.1 gm$25

Edge: Plain.

Obverse: Within a beaded border round the rim, bust of Kruger in jacket, front. Legend: "ST.J.PAULUS KRUGER PRESIDENT VD ZUID AERIKAANSCHE (sp?) REPUBLIEK". Six-pointed star at the foot.

Reverse: Grant standing, right, in suit and top-hat on deck of sailing ship. In background ocean and land. Across above: 'BRIG / LADY NELSON'. Legend on a raised band above: 'LIEUT. JAMES GRANT DISCOVERING AND NAMING PORTLAND BAY and below between stops: '1800'.

Notes: This medal is a mule of the Austrian medal made during the Boer War (Laidlaw: 0988) and the Australian medal commemorating the 100 anniversary of the settlement at Portland Bay made by Stokes & Sons in 1934.

The dies appear to have been recut and it is not known when or why this medal was made.

Lieutenant James Grant was a career British naval officer who commanded the ship, Lady Nelson, on a survey voyage in 1800 of the Bass Strait (between Victoria and Tasmania) on which he discovered Portland bay.