By Rebecca Peppiatt
The hunt is on for the mystery owner of a silver medallion found in Midland Cemetery 18 months ago.
Harold Meaden from Swan View was walking through the cemetery when he found the engraved medal lying on the ground.
“I’ve tried to look it up and find who it belongs to but haven’t had any luck,” Mr Meaden said..
“I’d love to find out whose it is and give it back to them.”
The medallion is inscribed with the Amalgamated Society of Engineers (ASE) which Midland and Districts Historical Society’s Matthew Pavlinovich says represented a number of occupations including boilermakers, blacksmiths, turners, machinists, fitters, pattern makers and sheet metal workers who would have been employed at the WAGR Workshops or the MRWA Workshops in Midland.
On the back of the medallion is engraving which reads “presented to Brother N.L Williams for loyalty during 1912 RLY dispute”.
“In early 1912, there was an industrial dispute between the Commissioner of Railways (WAGR) and the Amalgamated Society of Engineers,” Mr Pavlinovich said..
“The Society requested an all round pay rise and its members walked off the job.
“By May, an agreement was signed by the Commissioner of Railways and the Society setting out terms by the court’s decision. N L Williams would have been a member of this Society and one of the employees involved in the dispute.”
Mr Pavlinovich has been unable to find an N L Williams going back to that time.
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