Historical information

In 1920 the Prince of Wales visited Australia to extend official thanks for its support during World War I and to strengthen links to the Empire. The Prince toured extensively, and his tour was one of the most popular royal visits ever. Wherever he went public holidays were declared, foundation stones laid, memorials unveiled and receptions and balls. The Prince made a point of meeting ex-servicemen and women. He spent nine days in Victoria, eleven days in New South Wales, four days in Tasmania, eleven days in Western Australia, six days in South Australia and eight days in Queensland. The Prince was seen as the embodiment of the White Australia, symbolic of the spirit of his race. His presence strengthened the identity of the young Australian nation as a member of the Empire, resisting the influence of other powers and other races.

Physical description

Dimensions: 27 mm (Diameter) Weight: 9.11 g Dimension Comment: 32 mm height to top of loop Obverse Description: 3/4 bust of Prince in uniform wearing cap; around in two lines, H.R.H. PRINCE OF WALES / WELCOME TO AUSTRALIA Reverse Description: Wreath of eucalypt and oak with Prince of Wales' plume at top; within, TO COMMEMORATE / THE VISIT OF / . H.R.H.. / PRINCE OF WALES / TO AUSTRALIA / . / 1920 Edge Description: Plain Inscriptions: H.R.H. PRINCE OF WALES WELCOME TO AUSTRALIA TO COMMEMORATE THE VISIT OF H.R.H. PRINCE OF WALES TO AUSTRALIA 1920 Shape: Round with loop Material: Gilt