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Certificate of Authenticity - Melbourne Centenary Jug, 1934 Document Reg. No: SH 000211

This certificate accompanied a jug made by William Adams and Sons, Tunstall, England. The jug and certificate were one of a range of souvenirs produced in 1934-35 to commemorate the centenary of white settlement of Victoria. It shows the change in the landscape of Melbourne over 100 years, picking up the theme of progress from wilderness to urbanization which was the predominant theme of the centenary. As the certificate guarantees, only 200 of these jugs were produced, as one of the more expensive souvenirs of the centenary of the European settlement of Melbourne.

The jug and certificate were owned by Morongo Presbyterian Girls' College which closed in 1994. It joined a collection of porcelain donated to the school in 1927 by Mr Norman Clark. Mr Clark believed that an important facet in the education of girls was to be surrounded by beautiful objects of art.
Printed A3 sized certificate. Text printed in brown and red ink surrounded by a floral border. Centre top of certificate has an image of a seal showing the master potter. Lower right corner of certificate shows an image of a jug.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 25.20 cm (Height), 35.50 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: celebrations, domestic equipment, food drink consumption, melbourne centenary 1935
Themes this item is part of: Domestic & Community Life Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Centenary of Victoria
Tertiary Classification: certificates
Inscriptions: Printed text: Melbourne Centenary/This Certificate is to/Certify that the production of/these Jugs will be limited to 200/Jug No. 5/WILLIAM ADAMS & SONS (Potters), LTD./TUNSTALL, ENGLAND.
Place & Date Made: William Adams & Sons Ltd., Tunstall, Staffordshire, England, Great Britain, 1934
Place & Date Used: Morongo Presbyterian Girls' College, Victoria, Australia, 1934-1994


Jeanette Joseph nee Dehnert(student Morongo1955-1960) Posted on 04 May 2010 8:31 PM
Why is there no image if the jug is housed in Museum Victoria.In time there may be other items from Morongo; should we consider Museum Victoria for a collection?
Discovery Centre Posted on 05 May 2010 2:37 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Jeanette, thanks for your enquiry. Museum Victoria has approximately 16 million objects in the collection, as I am sure you can appreciate it would epic task to photograph them all. If you are interested in making a donation to the collection, please refer to the donation guidelines here: http://museumvictoria.com.au/discoverycentre/ask-us-a-question/donations/donation-guidelines/

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