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Medal - Hamilton Academy Prize, Victoria, Australia, circa 1875 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20196

Summary:
Australia
Medal - Hamilton Academy Prize c. 1875 (AD)
Mint: Stokes & Martin
Other Details: Hamilton Academy prize medal issued around 1875. One section of St Mary's, Hamilton - known today as 'The Old Convent' - was the original 'Hamilton Academy'. The Hamilton Academy was a boys' school in Hamilton, Victoria. The first Catholic School was opened in Hamilton in April 1858 by Nicholas Flynn and his wife Margaret. They remained until 1865. The site of the school was where Monivae Junior stands today. In 1904 'The Academy' came on the market. Dean Shanahan purchased the Academy. The main building became the Convent for the Loreto Sisters who arrived in July 1905. The change over of the primary school children of St. Mary's in Lonsdale Street to the Academy in Coleraine Road was effected immediately. The Loreto Sisters ran St. Mary's School until December 1923. The Sisters of the Good Samaritan arrived to take over Catholic Education in Hamilton in January 1924.
Description:
An unissued gilt prize medal (47 mm diameter) featuring the school shield within a laurel wreath, by Julius Hogarth. The shield features a large cross with the five stars of the Southern Cross, dividing it into four quarters containing a pine tree, bee, flag with the word EXCELSIOR and a wreath. The reverse has space to engrave a winner's details within a wreath.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 47 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 56.26 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: education
Themes this item is part of: Hamilton Academy, Julius Hogarth, Jeweller & Medal Maker (1820-1879), George McArthur, Collector & Baker (1842-1903), Public Life & Institutions Collection, Hogarth, Erichsen & Co., Jewellers, Sydney, New South Wales
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Civil
Tertiary Classification: education prizes
Series: Australian Prize Medals
DateEra: circa 1875 AD
Obverse Description: School shield within a laurel wreath, by Julius Hogarth. The shield features a large cross with the five stars of the Southern Cross, dividing it into four quarters containing a pine tree, bee, flag with the word EXCELSIOR and a wreath. Above, HAMILTON; below, ACADEMY PALMAM QUI MERUIT FERATin small letters below shield the artist's initials, J H
Reverse Description: Space to engrave a winner's details within a wreath
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: HAMILTON ACADEMY PALMAM QUI MERUIT FERAT EXCELSIOR J H
Shape: round
Material: Gilt
Issued By: Hamilton Academy, Hamilton, Victoria, Australia, circa 1875
Artist: Julius Hogarth, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1875

Comments

Discovery Centre Posted on 13 Mar 2010 4:41 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Susan. The meaning of the symbols probably follow those standard in the world of heraldry. The bee - efficient industry. The flag - an extensive area but linked with valour, honour and status. The pine tree can also have various meanings - fertility, connection with the earth in Western Culture and in Eastern cultures fidelity, courage, resolution and good luck. The wreath - an ancient symbol of triumph or success and in this context rewarding scholarship and hard work. The motto means something like 'Let him bear the palm who has deserved it'. It's a common motto and was even that of the Fitzroy Football Club. We're not sure if the bees on here are related to the ones on the pottery, but it is a possibility.

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