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Apple Model - Shepherd's Perfection, Wandiligong, 1886 Object Reg. No: ST 004958

This wax model was based on a specimen grown and presented to the museum by James Laugher of Wandiligong in 1886. The model was made in the museum. The model maker was not recorded.

This apple is a dessert variety and is harvested in winter. In a letter dated 28 January 1932 from George E. Shepherd of 'Malarus', Somerville, he states that his late father, W. A. Shepherd, received four seeds of Blenheim Orange from his father (G. E. Shepherd's grandfather) by post from England, with the desire that his eldest grandson (William Henry, late grandson of G. E. Shepherd) should sow the pips and grow trees in his memory. The fruit was thought to be promising by W. A. Shepherd and named 'Shepherd's Perfection'.
Acquisition Information:
Donation for Modelling from Mr James Laugher, 1886
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: museum history, wax fruit models, apples, horticulture
Themes this item is part of: Sustainable Futures Collection, Wax Fruit Collection
Primary Classification: ECONOMIC BOTANY
Secondary Classification: Wax Models
Tertiary Classification: fruits
Date Made: Victoria, Australia, 1886


Deanne Rowland Posted on 04 Mar 2014 9:46 PM
George E Shepherd was my mothers (Minnie M (Shepherd) Burchell) Grandfather and this did happen re the seeds for this apple
George Shepherd also donated a few Stuffed Birds to your Museum in Melbourne as he was a Life Member of G. L. O. Bird Lovers ! he also gave Lectures at Schools ETC I also have a Photo of their home" Malarus " at Somerville Vic

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