Front

Token with a decorative garland of fir branches and a pinecone shape at the top, and another leafy garland at the base. Engraved with cursive text:

1834
Farewell a long
farewell – my
Country’s exile

Back

Token with an engraved shield or coat of arms on it, bearing  text along the lower edges:

JOHN . HOBBS
GEO BROWN

This token may relate to John Hobbs, 23, labourer and weaver, convicted at the Middlesex Sessions on 22 September 1834 for stealing from a ‘dwelling house’. He was sentenced to transportation for life, and sailed for Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) on the Mangles on 24 April 1835. Hobbs’s record describes him as measuring 5 feet 3¾ inches (1.6 metres), with a fresh complexion and hazel eyes. The style of token is very similar to that of Edward Kershaw.

Diameter: 34.0mm, thickness: 1.0mm. Object number: 2008.0039.0154

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