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Certificate - Colonial & Indian Exhibition, London, Awarded to Thomas Gaunt, 1886 Document Reg. No: SH 961000

Certificate for a commemorative medal awarded to Thomas Gaunt, Melbourne at the Colonial and Indian Exhibition, London, 1886.

Lithographer: Thos. Riley, [Inv. et Pinx.] Fac Simile Chromo Litho Art Studio, London, 1886
A highly coloured and decorative certificate from the Colonial and Indian Exhibition held in London in 1886. The allegorical figures depicted represent, from right to left, Britannia who is seated and has 2 attendants by her side. One holds aloft an eternal flame while the other spins a thread from her distaff, possibly representing the connecting thread of the Empire. Australia is in the centre of the illustration, accompanied by Canada, India and perhaps New Zealand. To their left stand a group of women representing other individual colonies. A decorative border surrounds the image and contains the names of all colonies represented at the Exhibition.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Trustees of the Royal Exhibition Building (REB), 1991
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 56.00 cm (Height), 75.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: exhibitions, exhibitions london international colonial indian 1885-1886, royal exhibition building, souvenirs, world fairs
Themes this item is part of: Thomas Gaunt, Watchmaker & Jeweller (1829-1890), Royal Exhibition Building Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: (To Be Classified)
Tertiary Classification: (to be classified)
Inscriptions: On the illustration: COLONIAL AND INDIAN EXHIBITION/LONDON/1886 Bottom of certificate: PRESENTED/WITH A COMMEMORATIVE MEDAL/TO/Thomas Gaunt. [Illegible signatures of the Executive President & and the Secretary to the Royal Commission]
Printer: Fac Simile Chromo Litho Art Studio, London, England, Great Britain, 1886
Awarded To: Thomas Gaunt - Thomas Gaunt & Co, London, England, Great Britain, 1886
References: 'When Australia was a woman', exhibition catalogue, 1998, p.18. This certificate is wrongly dated and identified as Australian-made

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