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Certificate - Melbourne International Exhibition, Awarded to Thomas Gaunt, 1880-1881 Document Reg. No: SH 960993

Certificate of fourth order of merit awarded to Thomas Gaunt, Melbourne for barometers, thermometers and hydrometers, at the Melbourne International Exhibition, 1880-81.
Certificate on cream paper, black & grey text, in a heavy cream cardboard frame. At the top, 2 winged angels with trumpets hang either side of a Victorian coat-of-arms, with an Imperial Crown on top. The coat-of- arms has symbols of a sheep (representing fleece), a fish, a bullock and a ship, all being important aspects of the Victorian economy in the 1880s. On either side of the certificate stand 2 classically robed female figures, each on a platform. Inscribed on the base of the left platform is WOOL & on the right, GOLD. 2 female figures sit at the base of each platform. At their feet are groups of children engaged in activities relating to aspects of Victoria's economy: mining, agriculture, manufacturing and the arts. The certificate has an elaborate border bearing the shields and names of the colonies and countries participating in the Exhibition. There is a purple seal of the Exhibition Trustees. This certificate, a Fourth Order of Merit, was awarded to Thomas Gaunt for Barometers, Thermometers & Hydrometers.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Trustees of the Royal Exhibition Building (REB), 1991
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 50.00 cm (Height), 59.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: awards, exhibitions, exhibitions melbourne international 1880-1881, royal exhibition building, 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: Melbourne International Exhibition 1880
Tertiary Classification: awards
Inscriptions: Text: VICTORIA/1880-1881/MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL/EXHIBITION/ FOURTH ORDER OF MERIT/THOMAS GAUNT/MELBOURNE, VICTORIA/AWARDED DIPLOMA/ Barometers, Thermometers, Hydrometers/Signed by J Cosmo Newbery, Superintendent of Juries & Awards; George Collins Levey, Secretary; W J Clarke, President; & Chairman of Committee of Juries & Awards.
Presented By: James Newbery - Industrial & Technological Museum, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1880-1881
Awarded To: Thomas Gaunt - Thomas Gaunt & Co, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1880-1881

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