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Certificate - First Order of Merit, Centennial International Exhibition, Melbourne, 1888 Document Reg. No: SH 961437

First Order of Merit Certificate awarded to the Trustees of the Exhibition for its timber display at the Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition. The Exhibition was held at the (Royal) Exhibition Building from 1 August 1888 to 31 January 1889. Prize certificates, designed by Mrs Mary Stoddard of Sydney and printed by Sands & McDougall, were presented by the Governor Lord Loch at the closing ceremony which was held under the north dome on 31 January 1889.
Grey and white certificate on cream paper. Elaborate design of figures, ferns and flowers surrounds the printed square. Central figure is a young woman in a classical style, holding laurel wreaths in each hand. Above her sits a woman reading from a book and holding a lamp above her head. Five smaller vignettes surround the central image, each featuring children and representing aspects of Victoria's prosperity - fleece, wheat, mining and the Arts. At the top of the Certificate sits an Imperial Crown. In the top LH corner is a shield bearing a bullock, fleece, ship and a fish, all important to Victoria's early prosperity.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Trustees of the Royal Exhibition Building (REB), 1991
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 480 mm (Height), 585 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: civic mementoes, exhibitions, presentations, royal exhibition building, world fairs, medal presentations, public ceremonies, exhibitions melbourne international centennial 1888-1889
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Royal Exhibition Building Collection
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Melbourne Centennial Exhibition 1888
Tertiary Classification: Certificates
Inscriptions: Text: CENTENNIAL INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION/MELBOURNE/1888./ Certificate of Award/To (Handwritten) The Trustees of the Exhibition, Melbourne/ for (Handwritten) Timber/ Jury Section No (Handwritten) 24/ FIRST ORDER OF MERIT; Melbourne 31st January 1889.; Sands & McDougall, Limited.
The certificate is also signed by Chairman of the Juries Joseph Bosito, President of the Exhibition Commissioners James MacBain, Secretary of the Exhibition George Lavater and Executive Vice President Frederick Sargood
Designer: Mrs Mary Stoddard, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1888
Printer: Sands & McDougall Limited, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1889
Place & Date of Event: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1 Aug 1888 - 31 Jan 1889

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