Australian Historical Medals
MOONAN BROOK PUBLIC SCHOOL, presentation fob medal in gold (15ct; 6.89g; 27mm), no maker, ring top suspension, a plain disc fitted into a ring mount and inscribed on the obverse with an early Advance Australia colonial coat of arms (without Advance Australia below) and on the reverse, 'Presented To/Mr. E.Parry,/Teacher/by the Pupils attending/the Public School at/Moonan Brook,/17th April, 1881.' Toned extremely fine.
Moonan Brook is in northern New South Wales between Barrington Tops and Scone.
Mr E.Parry was transferring to teaching duties in Timor. Although his pupils only received short notice of his leaving they determined to make a presentation to him. The presentation and an address of thanks were read by Master James Simpson, on behalf and in the presence of the scholars, in the schoolroom. It read:- Respected Sir, - We, the pupils attending the Public School at Moonan Brook, deeply regretting your removal from amongst us, cannot allow you to depart without some expression of our respect, and we humbly beg your acceptance of the accompanying small token of regard and esteem. Further we trust you will receive the same in the spirit in which it is now offered, and take the will for the deed. In now bidding you farewell, we would assure you that we will always remember you with gratitude, and, wishing you success in your new sphere of labour, we respectfully beg to subscribe ourselves, dear Mr. Parry, yours, most obediently, (and then a list of pupils present), on behalf of the 48 scholars attending the school.
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