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Medal - Australian Juvenile Industrial Exhibition, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 1878 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 35425

Australia Victoria Ballarat
Ballarat Juvenile Industrial Exhibition Silver Prize Medal 1878 (AD)
Mint: Melbourne
Awarded to: W.E. Draeger.
Other Details: This silver medal was awarded to William E. Draeger at the Australian Juvenile Industrial Exhibition of 1878, held in Ballarat. William, aged 21, won for his entry in Class XIV - jewellery (Official Record). William's address was listed as 55 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, from which he ran a jewellery business. The business remained there for two years, then became Draeger Bros, moving to 195 Swanston Street around 1883. The Ballarat Juvenile Industrial Exhibition was held to encourage young people to compete in 'works of industry and usefulness', to impress the dignity and honour of labour, to nurture those in the trades, to show handiwork, to share ideas, to develop the idea of 'useful employment' in leisure hours and to create a 'taste for the fine arts and ornamental works, so as to make the home attractive'. People under the age of 21, of both sexes, were invited to participate. Parents, employers and teachers were asked to enourage participation. The Patron of the Exhibition was Sir George Bowen, KCMG, Governor of Victoria. The Exhibition was intended to be inter-colonial, but only New Zealand 'entered the competition with spirit'. It opened on 15 February 1878 in the Alfred Hall, the market sheds and adjoining grounds. A total of 5105 exhibits were mounted. Entry categories included furniture, boots and shoes, brassware and tinware, agricultural implements, processed foods, handcrafts and art, maps and plans, shorthand and writing, photography and jewellery.
A Silver Prize medal (47 mm diameter) of the Ballaarat exhibition of 1878. It features Industry crowning a young entrant who kneels and holds a railway steam engine, with a victor's wreath. The winners name, W.F. Draeger, is engraved on the edge.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 47 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 68.41 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: education, exhibitions, iconography
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Ernst August Altmann, Jeweller & Engraver (circa 1850-1920), Melbourne Mint, Medal Makers, Victoria, Australia, Deputy Masters of the Melbourne Branch of the Royal Mint, Closure of Melbourne Mint, Melbourne Mint during World War II, Establishment of Melbourne Mint, 1872, Melbourne Mint
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: exhibitions
Series: Australian Exhibition Medals
DateEra: 1878 AD
Obverse Description: Industry standing facing left crowning a young entrant, who kneels right and holds a railway steam engine, with a victor's wreath; in exergue, INDUSTRIA and in small letters the artist's name, ALTMANN MELBOURNE
Reverse Description: At centre within a broad rim, BALLAARAT 1878; around on broad rim, AUSTRALIAN JUVENILE INDUSTRIAL EXHIBITION
Edge Description: Engraved: W.E. Draeger
Inscriptions: Obverse: INDUSTRIA and in small letters the artist's name, ALTMANN MELBOURNE
Edge: engraved, W.E. Draeger
Shape: round
Material: Silver
Issued By: Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 1878
Mint: Melbourne (Mint)
Artist: Ernst Altmann, 1878
Awarded To: William Draeger, 1878
References: Car.1878/1 in silver

Official Record, Containing Introduction, Inaugural Ceremonies, General Notes, etc, by Charles J. Richardson, Corresponding Secretary (State Library of Victoria Rare Books).

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