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any info appreciated can't find it anywhere regards dave

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It's a fundraising medal. It is listed in the Carlisle Australian medalet catalogue as number C1914/6, catalogue value $45 in VF. I would grade this one lower than that, because it is missing most of it's gilding. Carlisle offers no explanatory note on the origin, issuer or maker of this item. I can't really offer anything else of note, other than this Wikipedia article which states:

Patriotic feelings were also expressed by making direct contributions towards the welfare of fighting troops, or to the war effort generally. Patriotic fundraising organisations formed rapidly across the state during August 1914, and the general public willingly supported them. For example, the Queensland Public Service organised their own Patriotic Fund to aid the families of public servants who volunteered for active service. Also in August 1914, Queensland railway employees established the Queensland Railways Patriotic Fund. Collectively, these organisations had raised almost £100,000 by the end of the month of August.

I assume this medal is from one such fund, but cannot offer any certainty as to the meaning of "Q.E.F.".

I'm from Queensland and haven't seen one of those before, but then, I'm not as big on badges and medals as some of the other coin club members.
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