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Certificate - Melbourne International Exhibition, Awarded to Thomas Gaunt, 1880-1881 Document Reg. No: SH 960992

Diploma of fifth order of merit awarded to Thomas Gaunt, Melbourne, for microscopes and microscopic appliances, at the Melbourne Internatinoal 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 Fifth Order of Merit, was awarded to Thomas Gaunt for Microscopes & Microscopic Appliances.
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: VICTORIA / 1880-1881 / MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL / EXHIBITION / FIFTH ORDER OF MERIT / THOMAS GAUNT / MELBOURNE, VICTORIA / AWARDED DIPLOMA / Microscopes & Microscopic Appliances / Signed by J Cosmo Newbery, Superintendent of Juries & Awards; George Collins Levey, Secretary; W J Clarke, President; & Chairman of Committee of Juries & Awards. [Extensive text on certificate]
Presented By: James Newbery - Industrial & Technological Museum, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1880-1881

Superintendent of Juries & Awards.
Awarded To: Thomas Gaunt - Thomas Gaunt & Co, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1880-1881


Pippa steven Posted on 21 Feb 2010 2:30 PM
Can you please tell me the origin of a wooden framed metal disc with laurel leaves surrounding the words'vitam excolvere per artes.' Reverse side has Melbourne International exhibition,date and side view of Queen? Thank you.
Discovery Centre Posted on 22 Feb 2010 3:44 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hello Pippa! Have a look at the medal prize (URL below) from the Melbourne International Exhibition - you may have a framed version of one of these medals?

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