Australian Historical Medals
HAMILTON PUBLIC SCHOOL, (1871), prize medal in silver (41mm), with suspension ring, obverse, a pair of quill pens across and plain disc with a wreath surround, reverse inscribed, 'Presented/to/Walter J. Bellette/for/general improvement/Hamilton Public School/Tasmania, 1871'. Good very fine.
On 5 May 1871, the year that he received his prize medal, Walter's 5-year old brother Ernest died. Walter James Bellette also died at a young age, only 21, on 13 August 1880 and at the time was an articled clerk. His death was due to Phthisis (TB).
Ex John Houstone collection.
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HAMILTON PUBLIC SCHOOL, (1871), prize medal in silver (41mm), with suspension ring, obverse, a pair ...