OMRS News

18, January, 2016

The OMRS announces a new publication: Queensland Police Bravery Merit Medal 1906-1917 by Chris Fagg OAM

Little was known about the rare Queensland Police Bravery Merit Medal when Chris Fagg began to research it in the mid-1980s. Three decades of painstaking work by Fagg, a former Australian police officer, over threehas resulted in the first complete roll of the 102 medals and four bars awarded to Queensland policemen during the medal’s short life from 1906 to 1917. As well as the roll, this new OMRS publication includes a history of the medal, full details of every incident for which it was awarded, photographs of many recipients and information about their other decorations and medals. This study of a previously long-forgotten award is a must for the bookshelves of those interested in Australian medals or police gallantry as well as a fascinating record of a turbulent time in the history of Queensland.

The book is available in a limited edition of 50 copies (softback only) and is priced at £5 to members (restricted to one copy each) and £10 to non-members, plus post and packing. The book can be ordered here

To see all books available from the Society please go to the shop

17, January, 2016

A huge amount of knowledge is held by members as a result of their research into their medals and collections. The aim of the Convention Exhibition is to encourage as many members as possible to exhibit in order to present their knowledge and share the results of their research with other members. We hope that as many members as possible will take part and hope they find the exhibition to be an enjoyable, but challenging, experience.

Exhibition Classes

To enable members to present their exhibits in the way most appropriate to the subject there are four exhibition classes available:

  • Open Class
  • Single Subject Class
  • Research Class
  • Non-Competitive Class

 Exhibitor Guidelines give clear guidance on exhibiting in each class.

Exhibitors should register to exhibit using the Convention Booking Form.

In addition to the formal exhibition classes, there is the coveted Members’ Choice award where members vote for the best exhibit.

15, January, 2016
Peter Helmore receives his bar to the Award of Merit in Gold

Past General Secretary Peter Helmore has been awarded a bar to the Society's Award of Merit in Gold for his work in organising the IX Meeting of the European Phaleristic Society Meeting. The culmination of two years work, the meeting showcased the very best of British orders decorations and medals for an international audience.

The award was presented by current OMRS President, Air Commodore Graham Pitchfork, at the gala dinner on 30th May 2015 who said "Peter Helmore’s meticulous planning of a complex programme, which encompassed the very best of British heritage and medallic history, was outstanding and one which deservedly attracted fulsome praise from all our international colleagues and members of the OMRS who attended. It further enhanced the reputation of our Society".

Peter Helmore is only the fourth recipient of a bar to the Award of Merit in Gold, the other recipients were Norman Brooks and John Tamplin (1999) and Norman Gooding (2000).

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