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  • Title
    [Medal] Presented as a mark of esteem to C. De Boos, J.P., Gold Fields Warden from Chinese Miners in the district of Braidwood, 1881
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    SAFE/R 257
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  • Physical Description
    Objects - 1 gold medal attached to silk ribbon, inside velvet-lined wooden box - medal 5 cm. (diam.), box 15.3 x 9.5 x 2.5 cm. (closed)

    'In 1874 [De Boos] was appointed a police magistrate and mining warden...The Chinamen in the Braidwood district subscribed a piece of gold each, from which was designed and presented to him, a Chinese medal. Armed with this "passport" it would have been possible for him to have travelled all over China without molestation.'

    Newspaper obituary for Charles De Boos, 30 October, 1900 (accompanying medal).
  • Scope and Content
    Medal accompanied by newscuttings relating to the life and death of Charles De Boos.
  • Access Conditions

    Access via appointment
  • General note

    On reverse of medal, the three columns of Chinese script read from right to left:

    First line: Qing guan min le
    [Since you are] such a “Qing guan” (honest and upright official) people are happy

    Second line: Zai Buliehuo
    In Braidwood

    Third line: Tangren jingsong
    Present to you by the Chinese with high respect

    Translated by Dr Tana Li, Director, Centre for the Study of the Southern Chinese Diaspora, School of Culture, History and Language, CAP, the Australian National University, February 2014.
    Digital order no:Album ID : 823457
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    Titled from obverse of medal. Reverse is inscribed in Chinese characters.
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  • Exhibited in

    Learning Services Program display 2014-2015 - State Library of New South Wales (1 January, 2014 - 1 January, 2015)
    Artefact or Fiction: Curriculum highlights, 20 April 2018 to 19 April 2019 - State Library of New South Wales (April, 2018 - April, 2019)
    Artefact or Fiction: Curriculum highlights, 18 April 2019 to 20 April 2020 - State Library of New South Wales (April, 2019 - April, 2020)
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