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Medal - Melbourne Intercolonial Juvenile Industrial Exhibition Commemorative, Victoria, Australia, 1879 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 35003

Australia Victoria Melbourne
Medal - Melbourne Intercolonial Juvenile Industrial Exhibition Commemorative 1879 (AD)
Other Details: Medal issued to commemorate the Juvenile Industrial Exhibition held in Melbourne in 1879-80. Interestingly, the title of the Exhibition provided on the Official Catalogue was 'Intercolonial' rather than 'International'. Australia had not had an 'international' exhibition before 1879, but three months before Melbourne's Juvenile Industrial Exhibition opened Sydney opened its own 'International Exhibition', a sub-set of which was a Juvenile Industrial Exhibition. Melbourne may have updated its title to avoid being outdone by Sydney - but the competitors still only came from British Empire colonies in Australia (mainly Victoria), New Zealand and Fiji. In 1880 Melbourne opened its first genuinely international exhibition, the massive Melbourne International Exhibition at the new exhibition buildings in Carlton Gardens. The president of Melbourne's Juvenile Industrial Exhibition was Redmond Barry, a pre-eminant Melbourne figure in the nineteenth century. Barry strongly supported public education, and the intention of the Exhibition was 'purely as an Educational Movement, undertaken with a view of inciting a spirit of healthy emulation in the minds of the youth of both sexes throughout the Australian Colonies' (Official Catalogue, p.iii). Gold and silver medals and certificates of merit were awarded to outstanding entrants. Prizes in money and articles were also presented to the 'best inventors and best exhibits'. Thirty-four classes of exhibits were shown at the Exhibition, including machinery, metalwork, agricultural implements, vehicles, painting, sign-writing, furniture and other domestic items, leatherwork, shoes, clothes, collections of natural materials, modelling and sculpture, drawing, photography, jewellery, musical instruments, food, soap, writing, etc. The exhibition was opened by the Governor on 23 December 1879.
A bronze medal (22mm diameter) featuring the letters IJIE (International Juvenile Industrial Exhibition) and a shield within an olive wreath. The medal has a small hole near the rim at 12.
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 22 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 4.60 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: education, exhibitions
Themes this item is part of: Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Royal Exhibition Building Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: exhibitions
Series: Australian Exhibition Medals
DateEra: 1879 AD
Obverse Description: At centre as simple monogram, IJIE; on left, 1879; on right, 1880
(the monogram letters stand for: Intercolonial Juvenile Industrial Exhibition)
Reverse Description: Shield below rising sun within olive wreath
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: IJIE 1879 1880 (International Juvenile Industrial Exhibition)
Shape: Round with hole
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1879
Mint: Stokes & Martin, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1879
References: Car. 1879-80/5
  1. [Book], Exhibition: 1879 Intercolonial Juvenile Industrial, Melbourne, Official Catalogue: Intercolonial Juvenile Industrial Exhibition, Melbourne, 1879-80, Nathl. Levi, Melbourne, 1879

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