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Medal - National Agricultural Society of Victoria, First Prize, Victoria, Australia, 1889 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 17888

Summary:
Medal awarded by National Agricultural Society of Victoria, 1st Prize for light dry white wine to Hans W.H. Irvine, owner of the Great Western winery, 1889.

The National Agricultural Society of Victoria (now known as Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria) was formed in 1870 from the Port Phillip Farmers' Society. Farmers' societies were formed with the intention of matching farming methods with the needs of a steadily increasing Australian population. In 1870 the National Agricultural Society of Victoria set up a new show site at Emerald Hill in South Melbourne. The current showgrounds in Ascot Vale were established in 1882, and have been the base for the Royal Melbourne Show ever since.

In May 1890 Queen Victoria assented to the use of the 'Royal' prefix by the Society in recognition of its ongoing contribution to the improvement of agriculture. The Society then became the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria and the Show, the Royal Melbourne Show. -Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria web site http://www.rasv.com.au/; Essendon Network for Employment, Education and Training web site http://www.enet.org.au/historyonline/mccracken/peter.htm; Glyn Rimmington, University of Melbourne, web site http://rimmo.mur.csu.edu.au/rimmo/hyperbook/5/5.4.html.
Description:
A silver prize medal (35 mm diameter) of the National Agricultural Society of Victoria awarded to Hans Irvine for white wine in 1889; it features Victoria standing facing holding a block of butter and surrounded by agricultural scene
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 35 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 31.69 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: agriculture, 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, Hans William Henry Irvine, Vigneron & Politician (1856-1922)
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Civil
Tertiary Classification: agricultural prizes
Series: Australian Agricultural Medals
DateEra: 1889 AD
Obverse Description: Victoria standing facing holding a block of butter and surrounded by agricultural scene which includes two horses, two sheep a bull a plough and a traction Engine
Reverse Description: Around wreath of wheat; NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY OF VICTORIA; within, AWARDED / TO / Hans W.H. Irvine / FIRST PRIZE / WHITE WINE / LIGHT DRY / 2 Years old or over / 1889
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Reverse: NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY OF VICTORIA AWARDED TO Hans W.H. Irvine FIRST PRIZE WHITE WINE LIGHT DRY 2 Years old or over 1889
Shape: round
Material: Silver
Issued By: National Agricultural Society of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1889
Awarded To: Mr Hans Irvine - Great Western Vineyards & Champagne Cellars, Great Western, Victoria, Australia, 1889

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