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Medal - Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition, Prize, South Australia, Australia, 1887 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 35858

Summary:
Australia South Australia Adelaide
Medal - Adelaide Exhibition 1887 Prize
Other Details: A large bronze prize medal (75 mm diameter) featuring a profile portrait head of Queen Victoria crowned and wearing a long veil facing left and a wreath of Australian native flowers, fruits and vegitables. Prize medals were only issued at the delaide Jubilee International Exhibition for First Prize; they were not named. However, this medal is in its original presentation case which is named inside the top TECHNOLOGICAL MUSEUM. 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 procession 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 large bronze prize medal (75 mm diameter), it features a profile portrait head of Queen Victoria crowned and wearing a long veil facing left and a wreath of Australian native flowers, fruits and vegitables. Stored in case with ADELAIDE INTERNATIONAL / JUBILEE / EXHIBITION 1887 on top and TECHNOLOGICAL MUSEUM printed inside the top.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 75 mm (Diameter)
Dimension Comment: Weight > 100 g.

More information

Tagged with: celebrations, exhibitions, queen victoria golden jubilee 1887, royal anniversaries, adelaide exhibition, 1867, 1867 silver
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, HM Queen Victoria (1819-1901), Ernst August Altmann, Jeweller & Engraver (circa 1850-1920)
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: exhibitions
Series: Australian Exhibition Prize Medals
DateEra: 1887 AD
Obverse Description: At centre, profile portrait head of Queen Victoria crowned and wearing a long veil facing left; around,
ADELAIDE JUBILEE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION . MDCCCLXXXVII
E.A. ALTMANN . MELBOURNE in tiny letters under bust
Reverse Description: Within wreath of Australian native flowers, fruits and vegitables; FIRST ORDER / OF / MERIT
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: ADELAIDE JUBILEE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION . MDCCCLXXXVII around bust
E.A. ALTMANN . MELBOURNE in tiny letters under bust
Reverse: FIRST ORDER / OF / MERIT within wreath of Australian native flowers, fruits and vegitables
On case: ADELAIDE INTERNATIONAL / JUBILEE / EXHIBITION 1887
Inside Case: TECHNOLOGICAL MUSEUM
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1887
Artist: Ernst Altmann, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1887
Awarded To: Museum of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1887

Then known as the Technological Museum
Person Depicted: HM Queen Victoria
References: Car. 1887/5
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. [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

Comments

Hurtle Weaver Posted on 14 Jun 2010 2:43 AM
Re No NU 35858

I have a small bronze medallion of aprox 1.5 Centimeters in diameter that is meant to be worn on a necklace or wrist chain that has the same picture as shown on the Adelaide medalion. The wording is different "VICTORIA'S JUBILEE 1887. On the reverse it has a picture of a building with "ADELAIDE EXIBITION" underneath. Was this sold as a keepsake to those who visited the event?
Discovery Centre Posted on 15 Jun 2010 2:36 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Hurtle. It sounds like you do have a commemorative medal which may have been sold to visitors to the exhibition. There appears to be one medal that fits your description in Leslie Carlisle's Australian Historical Medals on p68 that matches this description. You could possibly access this book at your local library or it is available to view in the Discovery Centre at Melbourne Museum
Sally Hopton Posted on 17 Nov 2011 9:13 AM
Check the opening date in first paragraph. Stated as 21st July, I have a class engraved 19th July! Last paragraph said it was opened in June!!

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