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Medal - Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition, South Australia, Australia, 1887 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 34830

Other Details: medal struck for Adelaide Jubilee Exhibition 1887. It names Sidney Malin as Mayor of the Port Adelaide Corporation. 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. 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.

McArthur Bequest
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 31 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 12.81 g (Weight)

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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: Harry Stokes, Medal Artist (circa 1840-?), George McArthur, Collector & Baker (1842-1903), Public Life & Institutions Collection, Port Adelaide Corporation, South Australia, 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 Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1887 AD
Obverse Description: Head of Queen Victoria facing left, wearing veil and coronet;
Below, 1887
Reverse Description: At centre within line circle a view of Adelaide Exhibition Building; around above, ADELAIDE EXHIBITION; below, JUNE 1887;
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round with hole
Material: Gilt Bronze
Issued By: Port Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1887
Mint: Stokes & Martin, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1887
Artist: Harry Stokes, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1887

His initials, H.S. appear on the truncation of the queen's neck.
Commissioned By: Port Adelaide Corporation, Port Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1887
Person Depicted: HM Queen Victoria
Person Named: Mr. Sidney Malin - Port Adelaide Corporation, Port Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1887

Named on 1887 medal as Mayor of Port Adelaide
References: Car. 1887/65
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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