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The CHARLOTTE Medal (front)

Thomas Barrett1788

Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum
Sydney, Australia

The CHARLOTTE medal, recognised as being Australia's earliest colonial art work, is believed to have been engraved by Thomas Barrett, a convict thief and forger, on board the First Fleet convict transport CHARLOTTE whilst the ship was anchored in Botany Bay between 20 and 26 January 1788. It was commissioned by the First Fleet's Principle Surgeon John White, who was also the surgeon onboard CHARLOTTE during the voyage.

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  • Title: The CHARLOTTE Medal (front)
  • Creator: Thomas Barrett
  • Date: 1788, 1788
  • Location: Botany Bay
  • Type: Medallion
  • Significance: The CHARLOTTE medal is directly associated with the arrival of the British First Fleet in Botany Bay in January 1788, the pivotal event leading to the European occupation of Australia and is recognised as being the earliest colonial Australian work of art.
  • See institution's online collections: http://www.anmm.gov.au/collections
  • Medium: Silver
  • Dimensions: 74 x 1 mm, 37.58 g
  • Credit line: ANMM Collection Purchased with the assistance of the Australian Government through the National Cultural Heritage Account

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