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Medal - Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition, Australia, 1887 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 31140

Other Details: Medal struck for the Adelaide Jubilee Exhibition, 1887. As Adelaide's first international exhibition, the Jubilee International Exhibition opened to great fanfare at noon on Tuesday 21 July 1887. The Governor, Sir W.C.F. Robinson, arrived to a flourish of trumpets. A prosession of dignitaries entered the hall to the national anthem. Addresses were read, a choir sang, the Queen was cheered and the national anthem was sung again. The exhibition was now open to the general public, who were charged 1s to enter, with children under 14 half price. Season tickets were also available. The exhibition included 296,720 feet of floor space and 73,893 feet of wall space. 200 jurors assessed the entries, under the superintendence of Dr Rennie, Professor at the University of Adelaide. Awards were presented to prize winners at an evening ceremony on 30 November. Rolls of awards were presented to the representatives of each country, rather than to the large numbers of individual winners. On-going entertainments were offered to visitors during the course of the exhibition. A dramatic pyrotechnic display was arranged by Messrs C.T. Brock, who had arranged fireworks for the Britain's massive exhibition venue, Crystal Palace, in London. Regular concerts were held, including the Adelaide Philparmonic Society, the Exhibition Choir and organ recitals. An inter-colonial band contest was held, occassional military displays and even performances by 'aboriginals from the two principal Mission Stations in South Australia'. 789,672 people visited the exhibition, more than twice Adelaide's population of 309,820. The exhibition closed on 6 January 1888, again to rousing renditions of the national anthem.
Acquisition Information:
Cultural Gifts Donation from Mr Robert (Bob) Edwards, 1989
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 31 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 16.08 g (Weight)
Dimension Comment: Weight includes ribbon and ring-mount

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Tagged with: architecture, celebrations, exhibitions, exhibitions adelaide jubilee international 1887-1888, queen victoria golden jubilee 1887, royal anniversaries
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, HM Queen Victoria (1819-1901), Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: exhibitions
Series: Australian Historical Medals
DateEra: 1887 AD
Obverse Description: Head of Queen Victoria veiled and wearing coronet, left
below, 1887
Reverse Description: At centre within line circle a view of the Adelaide Exhibition Building; above, ADELAIDE JUBILEE
around above, SOUTH AUSTRALIA'S JUBILEE * JUNE 1887 *
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round with hole and loop
Material: Gilt Bronze
Issued By: Australia, 1887
Mint: Stokes & Martin, Australia, 1887

Carlisle gives this mint, may be correct.
Person Depicted: HM Queen Victoria
References: Car. 1887/29
Several publications were issued in association with the Exhibition. The following are held by the State Library of Victoria: Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition, 1887; South Australia in 1887: a handbook for the Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition; Report of the Royal Commission for the Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition of 1887 to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty; Official catalogue of exhibits from the colony, forwarded to the Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition, Adelaide, 1887; Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition cantata; Ceremonial to be observed on the occasion of the opening of the Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition, 21st June, 1887.
  1. [Book], Royal Commission for the Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition of 1887, Report of the Royal Commission for the Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition of 1887 to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty, Her Majesty's Stationary Office, London, 1888

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