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Ceremonial Key - Melbourne Centennial Exhibition 1888 Opening, Victoria, Australia, 1888 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 17919

Key used by the Governor of Victoria, Sir Henry Loch, to formally open the Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition on 1 August 1888.

The Exhibition, celebrating a century of Australian settlement, surpassed even the grand scale of the1880 Melbourne International Exhibition. It attracted over two million people, but the Victorian government had to spend £250 000 on it, ten times the amount estimated. The exhibition had a distinctively imperial focus, and a greater emphasis on culture than in 1880, particularly on music and painting. A choir of 5000 sang music old and new, and 500,000 people attended symphony concerts. There were over 3000 paintings on display, including works by artists like JMW Turner and C Lutyens. The Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens was lit inside and out by electric lights, claimed to be the largest installation of arc lighting in the world.
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 50 mm (Width), 146 mm (Length)
Dimension Comment: 146 *50

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Tagged with: exhibitions, royal exhibition building, keys keyways
Themes this item is part of: Royal Exhibition Building Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Henry Brougham Loch, Governor of Victoria (1827-1900)
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Melbourne Centennial Exhibition 1888
Tertiary Classification: memorabilia
Series: Exhibition
DateEra: 1888 AD
Obverse Description: Enamelled arms of Melbourne surrounded etc. Motto; 'VIRES ACQUIRIT EUNDO'.
Reverse Description: Arms of Sir Henry Loch motto, 'ASSIDUITATE NON DESIDIA'; small gold nugget below.
Shape: Key
Material: Gold
Issued By: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1888
Place & Date of Event: Exhibition: 1888 Centennial, Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1888
Place & Date Used: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1888
User: Sir Henry Loch, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 01 Aug 1888

This is the key used in the formal ceremony to open the Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition on 1 August 1888 by the Governor of Victoria, Sir Henry Loch.

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