The Aussie tradition of extraordinary service and looking out for your mates started in the Boer War. It was enhanced at Gallipoli and shines brightly today.
Helping your mate is not restricted to any one campaign. Indeed, it is a trait that seems to flow in the veins of Diggers in every campaign.
One of these Diggers was Simpson, the Man with the Donkey, at Anzac Cove. The bravery shown by John Simpson Kirkpatrick soon became one of the most prominent symbols of Australian courage and tenacity at Gallipoli. Instructed to recover and assist the wounded, he used a donkey to carry men down from the front line, often exposing himself to fire. Simpson was twice nominated for the Victoria Cross, the highest medal for bravery, but sadly, the award was twice refused due to misunderstandings.
No doubt each and every soldier throughout the proud history of Australian military service has had a story to tell; a story of ordinary men and women providing extraordinary service. Stories that tell of the bond of mateship, the highs and the lows, the courage and fear, and those they lost. These important contributions to our history are to be passed on and shared through the generations.
This collection pays tribute to the ordinary Digger who gives extraordinary service.
This quality lapel pin feature an engraving of John Simpson Kirkpatrick
and his donkey. 15mm wide X 20mm high. The lapel pin is finished in antique
bronze and presented on a collectors card. $8.99.
Finished in antique brass and featuring Simpson and his donkey
this stunning key ring is a fantastic memento. The rear of the key ring
bears the 1904 Rising Sun.
Size: 40mm. $9.99.
This quality medallion feature an engraving of John Simpson Kirkpatrick
and his donkey on the front and a depiction of the 1904 Rising Sun hat
badge on the reverse. 50mm diameter. The medallion is finished in antique
bronze and presented on a collectors card. $14.99.
No image from Gallipoli embodies the spirit of ordinary people,
extraordinary service more than that of the man with his donkey. This
cold cast bronze figurine is a tangible represantation of that spirit.
The figurine is 240mm high and features a glass vial of authentic Gallipoli
sand set into the base. $98.00.
These Limited Edition Medallions encapsulate the extraordinary
service shown by ordinary people at Gallipoli, a tradition that has
continued throughout Australias military history. The six scenes
have been masterfully recreated in highly polished silver and frosted
gold plating. The reverse of the medallions features the 1904 Rising
Sun hat badge.
The Limited Edition Medallions are available in a set of six and a set of two. Accompanying each set is a glass vial containing authentic sand from Gallipoli and a replica 1904 Rising Sun hat badge.
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Featuring two Limited Edition Medallions, a replica 1904 Rising
Sun hat badge and a vial of Gallipoli sand this set is packaged in
a quality leatherette and steel box, 200mm wide X 90mm high. No more
than 5000 sets will be released. Each set comes with a numbered certificate
of authenticity. $98.00.
Housed in a timber display case this set features six proof
medallions, a replica 1904 Rising Sun hat badge and a vial of Gallipoli
sand. 220mm Wide X 295mm High. No more than 2500 sets will be released.
Each set comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity. $195.00.