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Medal Group & Fob - Bendigo Agricultural & Horticultural Society Gold Prizes, Five Medals on Fob Chain, Victoria, Australia, 1892-1901 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 18546

Summary:
Five Bendigo Agricultural & Horticultural Society medals on a fob chain, dated 1892 -1901. The medals were awarded to Hans W.H. Irvine, vigneron, politician and mine-owner who owned the Great Western vineyard (1888-1918) cellars and winery. Four of the medals were awarded for champagne and one for red wine. Each medal features the Arms of Bendigo and gives details of the award.
Medal 1: Hans W.H. Irvine Esq. for Champagne Show 1900
Medal 2: H.W. Irvine for Champagne Show 1893
Medal 3: Hans W.H. Irvine for Champagne Grand National Show 1892
Medal 4: Hans W.H. Irvine for Red Wine Show 1900
Medal 5: Hans W.H. Irvine Esq. M.L.C. 1st Prize for Champagne Ga National Show 1901

Hans William Henry Irvine, born in Melbourne in 1856, was a successful vigneron and politician, and was known as the 'wine king of Australia'. His largest holding was the Great Western winery, which he owned from 1888-1918. In the early 1890s Irvine purchased two-thirds of the produce of local vignerons, much of which was distilled into his brandy. He also became known for his claret, hock, chablis, burgundy, hermitage, sparkling hock and sparking burgandy. He was an effective self-promoter, and in 1892 entertained the Victorian governor in lavish style. He also pioneered wine advertising. Irvine was particularly interested in the science of wine-making, and used the latest technologies in his cellars. These contributed to his success at a time when so many other Victorian wine-makers were struggling.

In 1892 he was commissioned by the Victorian minister of agriculture to write a report on the Australian wine trade. Two years later he suggested a conference of vignerons to discuss problems facing the industry, and supported the proposal for a college of viticulture and the introduction of phylloxera-resistant American root stocks. He encouraged industry self-regulation through an elected board, the establishment of regional wineries and cheaper finance for investors in the wine industry. He travelled to Europe several times to learn wine-making techniques and arrange sales.
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 42 mm (Height), 410 mm (Length)
Weight: 60.76 g (Weight)
Dimension Comment: Length of chain, medals oval, the 5 spread over 160 mm

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Tagged with: agriculture, exhibitions, wine
Themes this item is part of: Great Western Winery Timeline 1858-1922, Hans William Henry Irvine, Vigneron & Politician (1856-1922), Public Life & Institutions Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Bendigo Agricultural & Horticultural Society, Hans William Henry Irvine, Vigneron & Politician (1856-1922)
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Civil
Tertiary Classification: agricultural prizes
Series: Australian Agricultural Medals
DateEra: 1892-1901 AD
Obverse Description: Arms of Bendigo with motto PROGRESS
Reverse Description: Around, COUNTY OF BENDIGO AGRICULTURAL AND HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
At centre, AWARDED TO
Medal 1: Hans W.H. Irvine Esq. for Champagne Show 1900
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: PROGRESS
Reverse: COUNTY OF BENDIGO AGRICULTURAL AND HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY AWARDED TO
Medal 1: Hans W.H. Irvine Esq. for Champagne Show 1900
Medal 2: H.W. Irvine for Champagne Show 1893
Medal 3: Hans W.H. Irvine for Champagne Grand National Show 1892
Medal 4: Hans W.H. Irvine for Red Wine Show 1900
Medal 5: Hans W.H. Irvine Esq. M.L.C. 1st Prize for Champagne Ga National Show 1901
Material: Gold
Issued By: Bendigo Agricultural & Horticultural Society, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, 1892-1901

Five medals only.
Awarded To: Mr Hans Irvine - Great Western Vineyards & Champagne Cellars, Great Western, Victoria, Australia, 1892-1901

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