I knew that my wife's great-grandfather, Abraham Fischer, the one and only Prime Minister of the Orange River Colony, was awarded this medal, but I did not know it was also given to his wife. He started out as a lawyer in the Cape Colony, but he moved to the Free State, where he met and married his wife, who was the daughter of Scottish immigrants. He became prominent in both legal and political circles in the Free State, notably during the Boer War. The fate of their medals is unknown, but they might have ended up in the Free State Archives with other Fischer family papers and relics.
Some recipients had their medals privately engraved so I wondered if that was the case with your medal.
Thinking back to the roll, there are medals to judges but no other legal professionals so perhaps this is a self issue?
I presume the roll is quite accurate because the roll was closed six months after the date of the warrant at which time awards could only be made with Royal Approval. That said, the NA reference posted yesterday has the date range 1910-1960 attached to it.
The medal was accompanied by a letter from the governor-general, Viscount Gladstone. Presumably this is the "Government House Cape Town letter" referred to by Dixon's.
I came across a copy of the letter in a museum many years ago, and wrote down the text. It read as follows :
" It was the most earnest wish of His Majesty King Edward VII to commemorate the Union of the South African colonies by presenting a medal to those who have rendered special service in connection with the establishment of the Union or with the opening of the first Union Parliament. Up to the time of his lamented death, His Majesty showed the keenest interest in the institution of this medal as a record for Himself personally of the great victory of Peace and Union.
" I have it in command from His Majesty King George to transmit to you the silver medal enclosed herewith, in commemoration of the establishment of the Union and of the auspicious opening of the first Parliament by His Royal Highness the Duke of Connaught.