Medal - Member of the Order of Australia

Production date
1975-1991
Country
Australia
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Description
Gilt medal, circular convex, representing the Golden Wattle flower. At the centre is a ring with the word 'Australia' below two branches of golden wattle. The medal is topped by the Royal crown of St Edward. Crown, with red green and white enamel. Medal is attached to a blue tailed bow ribbon of the female Member of the Order of Australia, decorated with embroidered gold circles representing wattle flowers.
Classification
CH classification NUMISMATICS (MEDALS AND OTHER) Civil Medals
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Measurements
L90 x W90 x H10
Media/Materials description
Silk (Textiles), Brass (Metals - Non-Ferrous), Gilt (Metal Plating)
Enamel (Surface Treatments)
Signature/Marks
AUSTRALIA
MAUDE \ (LORES) \ BONNEY \ RAM
History and use
Maude Rose “Lores” Bonney (November 20, 1897–February 24, 1994), was awarded this General Division Member of the Order of Australia medal in 1991 for her services to Australia, in particular her contribution to early aviation. The Order of Australia medal was created in 1975 as part of a system of honours separating Australian achievements from British awards. There is a military and general division, and currently the Governor-General confers the awards.

Bonney was the first person to fly solo from Australia to South Africa, the first Australian woman to gain a commercial pilots license, the first woman to fly around Australia, and the first woman to fly from Australia to England. Her achievements were widely overshadowed by later, well-publicised flights made by women. This medal is a testament to Bonney’s achievements.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
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N7235.1

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