Souvenir Russian Medallion that belonged to Arthur Calwell #2010-0280
Medallion bearing the figure of Lenin on obverse and Russian inscription on reverse which translates as ‘Leningrad Gorod-Geroy’ (‘Leningrad Hero-City’). The medallion is presented in a red box and accompanied by a Russian hotel card.
This medallion is part of a collection of objects that belonged to Arthur Calwell, Australia’s first Minister for Immigration (1945-49) that were donated to the museum by his daughter, Dr Mary Elizabeth Calwell.
In 1967, after he had ceased to be leader of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party (but while still a Member of Parliament), Calwell visited Russia and was often impressed by what he observed there. The medallion is typical of souvenir presentations made to distinguished visitors to the Soviet Union at that time.