NSW Medal for Capturing Bushrangers 1863-1865, Type I
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The New South Wales Medals for Capturing Bushrangers were issued by the Colonial Secretary of NSW in 1875. It was awarded to members of the colony who active bravely in conflicts with Bushrangers in the 1860s.
Type I medals were struck in silver by the Sydney firm of Thornwaite. The obverse features the effigy of Queen Victoria, with the inscription 'GRANTED FOR FAITHFUL AND DISTINGUISHED SERVICE'. The reverse bears the Coat of Arms of NSW with the inscription 'COLONY OF NEW SOUTH WALES'. The number of Type I medals struck and issued are unknown. In 1993, an auction held by Spink/Noble sold a Type I medal for $34,500.
Type II medals were struck by the Hardy Brothers in London. The obverse features the effigy of Queen Victoria with the inscription 'COLONY OF NEW SOUTH WALES' with 'V.R' below the head. The reverse bears the Coat of Arms of New South Wales with a blank space for the recipient's name. The outside edge is inscribed 'GRANTED FOR GALLANT AND DISTINGUISHED SERVICES'.
The Gold medals were awarded to civilians. A total of 12 Gold medals were awarded to the following individuals: Robert Lowe, Henry Bayliss; David Campbell; H.M Keightley; William MacLeay; J.P Grenfall; Captain McLerie (the inspector general of police 1856-1874, his widow received the medal); Mr. Lamport; the 4 Faithfull Brothers (who participated in a shootout with two bushrangers).
The silver medals were awarded to Police Force members. A total of 6 were awarded to the following individuals: Constable John Middleton; Sergeant A.B. Walker; Mr. Beauvais; Sergeant Murphy; Senior Sgt. F.A. Browne; Mr. Hazelton 1901.
In 1901, the medals were re-issued after an attempted bank robbery was foiled.
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