RLSS – Award of Merit

There is considerable confusion and overlap of dates and designs between the 1940’s (3rd design) thru to the 1960’s (6th design) … although these medals were acquired in New Zealand, it may be that some are from overseas … most notably, Australia, Canada, Great Britain and South Africa … all of which have the same heritage and use the same organisation name – Royal Life Saving Society … further research is required … refer to table below for earliest and latest dates ranges encountered ( dates in brackets are from samples seen on internet ) …

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Design Earliest Date Latest Date
1st 1909 ( 1920 )
2nd 1925 1931
3rd ( 1933 ) 1954
4th ( 1938 ) 1963
5th undated undated
6th 1947 ( 1956 )
7th 1962 ( 1992 )

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