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Medal - Adelaide Exhibition 1881 Silver Prize, South Australia, Australia, 1881 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 34838

Summary:
Australia South Australia Adelaide
Medal - Adelaide Exhibition 1881 Silver Prize
Awarded to: H. R. Murray for models

Silver prize medal awarded to H. R. Murray for 'models' at the Adelaide Exhibition. The exhibition opened in July 1881. This medal was used as a broach: the remains of the pin mount are visible on the reverse. The receipient may be the H.R. Murray who was described by the contemporary press as the 'well-known naval architect'. Murray designed a new type of fishing boat 'suitable for outside, as well as inshore, fishing in all weather' that was launched in Melbourne in September 1890. It met with some controversy but was generally well-received and considered a fine example of boat-building.
Description:
A silver prize medal (30 mm diameter) featuring a seated female figure facing, crowning a female on her right with a Victor's wreath and reaching out her left hand to another. In front of the seated figure and between the women offering goods is a small globe, on the left is a cello and on the right an anchor; in the background symbols of industry. The reverse features the name of the winner engraved within a wreath of grape vines. This medal was used as a broach, remains of the pin mount on the reverse.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 29 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 10.62 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: exhibitions, modelmaking
Themes this item is part of: H.R. Murray, Boat Designer (circa 1850-?), George McArthur, Collector & Baker (1842-1903), Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Civil
Tertiary Classification: exhibition prizes
Series: Australian Exhibition Medals
DateEra: 1881 AD
Obverse Description: At centre a seated female figure facing, crowning a female on her right with a victor's wreath and reaching out her left hand to another on her left. In front of the seated figure and between the women offering goods is a small globe, on the left is a cello and on the right an anchor; in the background symbols of industry; in exergue, ADELAIDE / 1881
Reverse Description: Within a wreath of grape vines; AWARDED / TO / H.R. MURRAY / MODELS This medal was used as a broach, remains of the pin mount on the reverse.
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: ADELAIDE / 1881; in exergue
Reverse: AWARDED / TO / H. R. MURRAY / MODELS; within wreath of grape vines
Edge: plain
Material: Silver
Issued By: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1881
Awarded To: H. Murray, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1881
Bibliography:
  1. [Catalogue] Morrison, Ian. 2003. The Baker of Maldon.

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