Noble Numismatics Pty Ltd > Auction 130Auction date: 26 July 2022
Lot number: 390

Price realized: 180 AUD   (Approx. 125 USD / 124 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Australian Widows' Fund, Union Is Strength, Member badge in gold (tested as 9ct; 5.44g; 22mm), reverse inscribed, 'S.J.Bird' and at the base, '(Policy No.) 5045.'. Suspension removed at top, otherwise very good.

Ex Noble Numismatics Sale 48 (lot 823).

The Australian Widows' Fund was a life assurance society operating under the name of Australian Widows' Fund Life Assurance Society Ltd. It was established in Victoria in 1871 upon the mutual system. In 1893 a branch was opened in New Zealand and a New Zealand head office was set up at Wellington in 1905.

Estimate: 270 AUD

Match 1:
Noble Numismatics Pty Ltd > Auction 130Auction date: 26 July 2022
Lot number: 457

Price realized: 500 AUD   (Approx. 348 USD / 343 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


(Sydney Flying Squadron), presentation fob in gold (tested as 9ct; 11.20g; 25.5mm), swivelling ring top suspension, obverse, racing yacht sailing to right, reverse inscribed, '(Presented By Mark Foy) To/Chris Webb/Of The SFS/Season 1910-11/Since its/Inaguration (sic) (1891)'. Very fine.

The Sydney Flying Squadron Yacht Club was founded by Mark Foy in 1891.

Part of a story in The Sun, Sydney, on Monday 25 September 1911, page 11 reads as follows.

'It was Chris Webb whom Mr. Mark Foy chose to go to England and sail his challenger, the "Southerly Buster" for the Anglo-Australian Shield, which the Englishmen won with the Maid of Kent from the Sydney boat Irex, but the race did not eventuate. It was Chris Webb who went to the other States and won outright the big cup presented for Inter-State racing, and it was Chris Webb who topped the list of prize-winners at Sydney for several seasons past against 12 to 15 rivals in each race, although sailing from scratch on almost every occasion, and that is a feat that takes no end of doing. He really climbed the ladder of success by way of the two 18-footers named Australian and has won in 10 seasons about �1015.'

For further details of Chris Webb see Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 12.

Estimate: 360 AUD

Match 2:
Noble Numismatics Pty Ltd > Auction 130Auction date: 26 July 2022
Lot number: 466

Price realized: 2,600 AUD   (Approx. 1,809 USD / 1,786 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Pair: King's Police Medal (GVR type 1); Queensland Police Medal for Merit (EVIIR). The first medal inscribed, 'John Carrig, Const. Queensland Pol.' but with the last three words ruled through or attempt to erase, the second medal unnamed. First medal buffed on reverse and some scratches on obverse, otherwise very fine - extremely fine.

Ex Noble Numismatics Sale 74 (lot 3926) and Sale 121 (lot 1664).

KPM: Supplement to LG 1/1/1913, p6.

Recommendation: At great personal risk rescued from drowning in the Brisbane River a man attempting suicide.

(With copy of certificate for award of KPM).

Also awarded the Royal Humane Society Bronze Medal for the same incident. The RHS Annual Report records the award details as follows,

'John Carrigg aged 29 and John James Grayson aged 23 years, Constables of Police, Brisbane, who rescued Lionel Hart from drowning in the Brisbane River on the night of September 20th, 1909. Hart jumped into the river in a demented state, and was drowning. Carrigg stripped, jumped in, swam about 50 yards and reached Hart, who struggled violently. He dragged Hart to a pontoon and with much difficulty got him onto it. He waited for nearly half an hour for assistance, during which time he had several struggles with Hart, in which both were many times thrown off the pontoon. Then Grayson came upon the scene and swam to the pontoon. Hart again resisted violently and all three toppled into the river. They again got Hart onto the pontoon but Grayson had great difficulty in regaining it, as his heavy clothes impeded him. Eventually other assistance arrived and all were taken on shore. The Constables were much exhausted.' Bronze Medal to Carrigg and Certificate of Merit to Grayson.

John Carrigg was born in 1879 at Ennrstymon, Ireland. He was a carpenter by trade. He served in the Straits Settlements Police Force 2 June 1902 to 2 March 1905. He was sworn into the Queensland Police Force on 27 November 1908 at the age of 29. He served at Roma Street Station, Brisbane; Toowong; and Breakfast Creek Station, Brisbane. He retired on 1 January 1924 and died 17 July 1937 at age 58.

With folder of research.

Estimate: 2700 AUD

Match 3:
Noble Numismatics Pty Ltd > Auction 130Auction date: 26 July 2022
Lot number: 485

Price realized: 5,000 AUD   (Approx. 3,479 USD / 3,434 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Victorian Police Gold Valour Badge, undated (1916), in 9ct gold and enamel by Bridgland & King, with 9ct gold and enamel suspension brooch bar, reverse of medal inscribed, 'Const Bresnan/6068'. Good very fine and rare.

Ex Noble Numismatics Sale 122 (lot 590).

Only 22 gold badges awarded.

Francis Bresnan, an engine driver, was born 14 July 1893 at Dunbulbalane (on the Nine Mile Creek about 200km north-northeast of Melbourne), Victoria. He was appointed as a Foot Constable to the Victorian Police Force on 17 December 1914 and discharged as a Constable on 1 November 1923 after 'Refusing Duty' during the police strike, along with many other constables, as recorded in Victoria Police Gazette 13 December 1923. Up until this time his conduct was recorded as good. As well as being awarded the Gold Valour Badge, along with two of his fellow policemen, for arresting three armed criminals he was also highly commended on 18 March 1918 for stopping at great personal risk a bolting horse in Elizabeth Street, Melbourne on 4 March 1918. The horse had freed itself from a van to which it had been attached and bolted out of Little Bourke Street and collided with another vehicle.

See previous lot E3459 for award to Constable W.Downes, also for arresting the same three armed criminals and for details of the presentation of the Gold Valour Badge.

With research.

Estimate: 4950 AUD

Match 4:
Noble Numismatics Pty Ltd > Auction 130Auction date: 26 July 2022
Lot number: 484

Price realized: 5,000 AUD   (Approx. 3,479 USD / 3,434 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Victorian Police Gold Valour Badge, undated (1916), in 9ct gold and enamel by Bridgland & King, with 9ct gold and enamel suspension brooch bar, reverse of medal inscribed, 'Const Downes/5860'. Good very fine and rare.

Ex Noble Numismatics Sale 122 (lot 589).

Only 22 gold badges awarded.

The above badge was issued at the first public presentation of gold valour badges which had been instituted in 1916. The presentation was made to 17 police officers by the Chief Secretary, Mr McLeod MLA at Russell Street Barracks on 26 September 1916 with about 250 Constables on parade and in attendance was the Chief Commissioner, Mr A.G.Sainsbury and leading officers of the police force.

When presenting the gold badges Mr McLeod said they were a reward for valour. He said men at the front were receiving VCs for deeds not more worthy, perhaps, than some that were performed by the police, and the Government in adopting the innovation felt that a suitable medal should be given to members of the force when exceptional determination, valour, or devotion to duty was exhibited. He eulogised the marked bravery of several constables who had recently faced desperate armed criminals and succeeded in arresting them.

Constable W.Downes along with Constables F.Bresnan and J.Walsh were each recommended for gold badges for displaying great courage and determination when they arrested John Lane, George Rankin and Ernest Watson on 6 May after an exciting chase in the city of Melbourne. The recommendation was made by Inspecting Superintendent L.Gleeson. The constables saw the three men behaving suspiciously in Flinders Lane and followed them. John Lane fired a revolver but nobody was injured. The chase then became exciting with civilians joining in including one soldier who had been wounded at the Gallipoli landing. The three men were captured and then recognised as desperate young criminals who were suspected of having broken into many shops in Melbourne on Saturday afternoons.

John Lane was charged with having shot with intent to murder, with having a housebreaking implement in his possession, and with warehouse breaking. On the charge of having shot at Constable Downes with intent to murder Lane was committed for trial at the Supreme Court. At the trial Constable W.Downes gave evidence regarding the pursuit and capture of Lane. In addition to the revolver, he said a jemmy was also taken from Lane's pocket when he was arrested.

Of the three criminals, Lane was sentenced to five years' imprisonment for having fired at Downes with intent, and Rankin and Watson each received two years' imprisonment for having loitered with intent to commit a felony.

See also lot E3460 for award to Constable F.Bresnan for same incident.

Estimate: 4950 AUD

Match 5:
Noble Numismatics Pty Ltd > Auction 131Auction date: 22 November 2022
Lot number: 363

Price realized: Unsold
Lot description:


Sydney International Exhibition, 1879, Official Judge's Pass in silver (38mm), by W.Burtt, ring top suspension with JUDGE suspender fitted, reverse inscribed, 'Hon. George Thornton.'. Very small edge nick on reverse, otherwise nicely toned nearly uncirculated and rare with Judge suspension.

Most of the following is from Wikipedia Commons.

George Thornton (23 December 1819 - 23 November 1901) was an Australian merchant and politician, serving as a Sydney Municipal Council Alderman, Mayor of Sydney and member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council. Thornton was born in Sydney, the son of Samuel Thornton (son of another Samuel, a woollen manufacturer of Barnsley, Yorkshire) and Sarah (n�e Madden). Sarah was transported to Australia as a punishment for larceny; Samuel followed, arriving in Sydney in 1814 as a free settler, and was granted land by the colonial government.

George Thornton was educated at the Australian College on Jamieson Street, Sydney; he went into work as a custom-house and ship agent, later becoming an import merchant. Having been a magistrate in Sydney for many years, Thornton served also as a director of various financial institutions such as the City Bank of Sydney. He was elected to the Sydney Municipal Council in November 1847, and served as mayor in 1853 and 1857. Thornton was elected as a member for Sydney City from 1858 to 1859. In May 1861 he was appointed to the Legislative Council when Governor Young agreed to flood the council in support of John Robertson's land bills, but this was frustrated when the President of the Council, Sir William Burton refused to swear in the new members and resigned with others forcing the proroguement (suspension) of the Council. He represented Goldfields West in 1867 and 1868. In 1877 he was appointed for life to the Council. George Thornton was a commissioner of the 1879 Sydney International Exhibition and was a judge for Class 313 Musical Instruments. He also won a bronze medal in that class and was awarded a large silver medal for his services.

Thornton was the foundation President of the Sydney Rowing Club and was instrumental in the club's formation and growth from 1870 until his death. He served as President of the New South Wales Rowing Association from 1879 till his death. Thornton died of dysentery in 1901 at Parramatta, survived by his wife, Mary Ann (daughter of John Solomon, of Sydney) and daughter Frances; he was predeceased by a son and a daughter.

Estimate: 2000 AUD