Item 5 - The Royal Society of Tasmania Medal

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The Royal Society of Tasmania Medal


  • 1988 (Creation)

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Cast bronze in case with certificate of issue, 50 (Width), 48 (Height), 51.06 g (Weight)

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(1927–16 June 2014)

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Walker was born in Victoria, Australia in 1927.He left school at age 13 but attended Melbourne Teachers' College from 1945 to 1947 before moving to Hobart in 1948. In the 1950s he repeatedly traveled to Europe, studying sculpting under Henry Moore from 1954 to 1956 and visiting Rome, Florence and Prague through scholarships. On his return to Australia he settled in Tasmania. His best known public works include such bronzes as the Bernacchi Tribute on the Hobart waterfront, the Abel Tasman fountain in Salamanca Square, Heading South at Victoria Dock and Tidal Pools at Sandy Bay.
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(1843 to present)

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The Royal Society of Tasmania is the oldest scientific society in Australia and New Zealand and the third oldest Royal Society in the Commonwealth. The Society was founded in 1843 by Sir John Eardley-Wilmot, Lieutenant Governor, as the Botanical and Horticultural Society of Van Diemen’s Land. Its aim was to ‘develop the physical character of the Island and illustrate its natural history and productions’. For more information see :

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Cast bronze medal produced by The Royal Society of Tasmania in 1988 to commemorate the Joseph Banks Memorial Lecture. It features a bust of Banks on one side, the H.M.S. 'Beagle' under sail, a banksia and a lizard on the other. It is number 43 of a limited edition of 150 designed by Tasmanian sculptor Stephen Walker.
Obverse: At centre within border of leaves and nuts, a bust of Banks facing 3/4 left; around, incuse, Sir Joseph Banks 1988 memorial lecture.
Reverse Description: At centre, within border of leaves, H.M.S. Beagle under sail away to right with flower behind and lizard below; around, incuse, THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF TASMANIA.

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This material is made available for personal research and study purposes under the University of Tasmania Standard Copyright Licence. For any further use permission should be obtained from the copyright owners. For assistance please contact

When reusing this material, please cite the reference number and provide the following acknowledgement:
“Courtesy of the UTAS Library Special & Rare Collections”

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HE Sept 2018




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