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Certificate - Illuminated, Centennial Choir, Melbourne Centennial Exhibition, 1888 Object Reg. No: HT 8005

Summary:
Coloured printed certificate presented to Miss A.J. Power, 'In recognition of valuable services rendered as a Member of the Centennial Choir during the currency of the Centennial International Exhibition, Melbourne, 1888', printed by the Melbourne lithographic firm, McCarron, Bird & Co.
Description:
Coloured printed certificate presented to Miss A.J.Power 'In recognition of valuable services rendered as a Member of the Centennial Choir during the currency of the Centennial International Exhibition, Melbourne, 1888'. The certificate, printed by McCarron, Bird & Co., Lithographers of Melbourne, is in shades of yellow, brown, blue, green, pink and white on a cream background. There is a border of yellow, brown and blue, with green and white stylised flowers. At the top left corner is an illustration of the Exhibition Building, from Nicholson Street, showing a cable tram and horse drawn vehicles. Below on a scroll is a list of the choral works sung by the Centennial Choir, including 'Messiah, Creation, Elijah, Choral Symphony, Stabat Mater, Ruth, Golden Legend, Song of Thanksgiving, Centennial Cantata, Gallja, Choral Fantasia and Sleeping Beauty'. There is also a coloured etching of the choir (over 700 voices strong) standing in front of the organ on the mezannine of the Great Hall, above the legend 'Marvellous Sweet Music - Shakespeare'. The certificate is signed by Geo. T. Lavater, Secretary; E. Miller, Music Business Manager, J. MacBain[?], President; F. T. Sargood, Executive Vice President, and Frederic H. Cowen, Musical Director and Conductor. The scroll is against a stylised decoration of white roses and wattle, and there is also a design of musical instruments (violin, horn and windpipes, with a score). The certificate is surrounded by an embossed heavy card frame in shades of green and brown with a decoration of flowers.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 0.50 cm (Height), 48.70 cm (Width), 59.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: exhibitions, music, musical performances, exhibitions melbourne international centennial 1888-1889
Themes this item is part of: Sargood Arms Manufacture Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Royal Exhibition Building Collection
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Melbourne Centennial Exhibition 1888
Tertiary Classification: certificates
Inscriptions: To Miss A. J. Power/ In recognition of valuable services/ rendered as a Member of/ The Centennial Choir/ during the currency of the/ Centennial International/ Exhibition, Melbourne 1888.
Person Named: Miss A Power, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1889
Lithographer: McCarron, Bird & Co., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1889
Person Named: Sir Frederic Cowen, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1889
Person Named: Sir Frederick Sargood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1889
Person Named: George Lavater, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1889
Person Named: Mr E Miller - Centennial Exhibition Choir, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1889
References: See David Dunstan: Victorian Icon: the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, and REB Research files for more information about the choral concerts given by the Centennial Choir.

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