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Medal - Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition, Commemorative, Semaphore Corporation, South Australia, Australia, 1887 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 34842

Summary:
Australia South Australia Adelaide
Medal - Adelaide Exhibition 1887 Semaphore Corporation Commemorative
Mint: Stokes & Martin
Other Details: This gilt commemorative (31 mm diameter) medal features a profile portrait head of Queen Victoria crowned and wearing a long veil facing left, and a front view of the Adelaide Exhibition Building with flags flying. As Adelaide's first international exhibition, the Jubilee International Exhibition opened to great fanfare at noon on Tuesday 21 July 1887. The Governor, Sir W.C.F. Robinson, arrived to a flourish of trumpets. A prosession of dignitaries entered the hall to the national anthem. Addresses were read, a choir sang, the Queen was cheered and the national anthem was sung again. The exhibition was now open to the general public, who were charged 1s to enter, with children under 14 half price. Season tickets were also available. The exhibition included 296,720 feet of floor space and 73,893 feet of wall space. 200 jurors assessed the entries, under the superintendence of Dr Rennie, Professor at the University of Adelaide. Awards were presented to prize winners at an evening ceremony on 30 November. Rolls of awards were presented to the representatives of each country, rather than to the large numbers of individual winners. On-going entertainments were offered to visitors during the course of the exhibition. 789,672 people visited the exhibition, more than twice Adelaide's population of 309,820. The exhibition closed on 6 January 1888, again to rousing renditions of the national anthem.
Description:
A gilt commemorative (31 mm diameter), it features a profile portrait head of Queen Victoria crowned and wearing a long veil facing left, and a front view of the Adelaide Exhibition Building with flags flying. The medal is holed but, from its condition never had a loop inserted.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 31 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 11.90 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: celebrations, exhibitions, queen victoria golden jubilee 1887, royal anniversaries
Themes this item is part of: Harry Stokes, Medal Artist (circa 1840-?), George McArthur, Collector & Baker (1842-1903), James Chapman Lovely, Mayor of the Semaphore Corporation (1842-1915), Public Life & Institutions Collection, HM Queen Victoria (1819-1901), Semaphore Corporation, Sempahore, South Australia, Semaphore Corporation, Sempahore, South Australia, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: exhibitions
Series: Australian Exhibition Medals
DateEra: 1887 AD
Obverse Description: At centre a portrait profile head of Queen Victoria wearing coronet and veil, around, VICTORIA'S JUBILEE 1887 on truncation the artist's initials HS
Reverse Description: At centre within line circle, a front view of the Adelaide Exhibition Building with flags flying, above inside circle, ADELAIDE EXHIBITION below inside circle, 21st JUNE 1887, around on broad rim formed by circle, SEMAPHORE CORPORATION . J.C. LOVELY MAYOR
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: VICTORIA'S JUBILEE 1887 around veiled and crowned head left.
Reverse:ADELAIDE EXHIBITION 21st JUNE 1887 around centre within line circle, SEMAPHORE CORPORATION . J.C. LOVELY MAYOR around on broad rim formed by circle,
Material: Gilt
Issued By: Semaphore Corporation, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1881
Mint: Stokes & Martin, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1881
Artist: Harry Stokes, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1881

Initials HS on truncation of Queen's head
Commissioned By: Semaphore Corporation, South Australia, Australia, 1887
Person Depicted: HM Queen Victoria
Person Named: James Lovely - Semaphore Corporation
References: Car. 1887/75
Several publications were issued in association with the Exhibition. The following are held by the State Library of Victoria: Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition, 1887; South Australia in 1887: a handbook for the Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition; Report of the Royal Commission for the Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition of 1887 to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty; Official catalogue of exhibits from the colony, forwarded to the Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition, Adelaide, 1887; Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition cantata; Ceremonial to be observed on the occasion of the opening of the Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition, 21st June, 1887.
Bibliography:
  1. [Catalogue] Morrison, Ian. 2003. The Baker of Maldon.
  2. [Book], Royal Commission for the Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition of 1887, Report of the Royal Commission for the Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition of 1887 to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty, Her Majesty's Stationary Office, London, 1888

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