Medal; AM.13.175


OMSAA Historical Artefacts



About this object

Gold coloured medal awarded to Dr Harold Chaffer of Yorkshire, for excellence in Anatomy at the St. Mungo's College Medical School in Glasgow. Contained in a black pull string bag.
Jeanette Waters of Auckland found the Medal in 1953 as a 5 year old on a road at One Tree Hill Auckland New Zealand, about a kilometer from her home and handed it in to the police. The Medal was handed back after 6 months as the owner was unable to be found. 6 decades later, after unsuccesfully trying to trace Dr. Chaffers decendants, Mrs Waters found a Dunedin connection through Dr Chaffers wife Clementine Edmond who he married in London in 1907. Clementine was the daughter of John Edmond a leading hardware trader in Stafford Street Dunedin.
Dr Chaffers daughter, who was the Laird of Auckland and lived near One Tree Hill, later made a 5,000 pound gift to the Otago University to honour her Fathers memory.
This gift now funds the Harrold Chaffer Visiting Professorships at the University. In 2012 Mrs Waters made inquiries to the Scottish Medical School authorities, and discovered the Dunedin link of the Chaffer Professorships.

Medium and Materials

Gold plate

Inscription and Marks

Around the outer edge of the Medal are the words: FOUNDED 1876.INCORPORATED 1889 ST. MUNGO'S COLLEGE GLASGOW/LABOR-OMNIA/VINCIT
Around the outside edge of the medal: HAROLD CHAFFER/ANATOMY (SENIOR).SESSION 1895-6
In siver on black velvet bag; ABACUS


6cm H X 4cm W (the widest point)



Credit Line

Jeanette Waters of Auckland

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