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Medal - International Exhibition, Sydney, Bronze Prize, New South Wales, Australia, 1879 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20570

Summary:
Australia New South Wales Sydney
International Exhibition Prize 1879 - 1880 (AD)
Mint: Sydney
Awarded to: Mrs. Flaton of Hotham for mounted preserved ferns
Other Details: This large bronze prize medal (76 mm) featuring a view of the Sydney Garden Palace Exhibition Building with a figure of New South Wales was awarded to Mrs J. Flaton of Hotham for her collection of mounted, preserved ferns. Mrs Flaton's medal is detailed in the Official Record of the Sydney International Exhibition, 1879. Her entry consisted of a 'Basket of Flowers, formed of Seaweed, Coral, and Shells'. It received an honorable mention and was described as 'very tastefully arranged'. Joseph (and Mrs) Flaton lived at 26 Capel St, Hotham (now North Melbourne).The wreath of native flowers onthe reverse was designed by J.W. Sayer.
Description:
A large bronze prize medal (76 mm) featuring a view of the Sydney Garden Palace Exhibition Building with a figure of New South Wales standing in front holding the colonial shield and surrounded by exhibition goods.The reverse is inscribed with the name of the winner, Mrs. J. Flaton and a description of her entry, Preserved Ferns Mounted.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 76 mm (Diameter)
Dimension Comment: Weight > 100 g.

More information

Tagged with: exhibitions
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, J.S. & A.B. Wyon, Engravers, London, England, J.S. & A.B. Wyon, Engravers, London, England, Royal Mint, London, Royal Mint, Tower Hill, 1809-1975, Early History of London Mints, to 1300, The Royal Mint
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Civil
Tertiary Classification: exhibition prizes
Series: Australian Exhibition Medals
DateEra: 1879 AD
Obverse Description: Figure of New South Wales surrounded by works of industry before exhibition building; around, * INTERNATIONAL * EXHIBITION * SYDNEY N.S.W.* M.D.CCC.LXXIX
in exergue, waves, below these waves in tiny letters the artists names, J.S. & A.B. WYON
Reverse Description: Wreath of Australian flora below in tiny letters, J.S. & A.B. WYON
Inscribed, AWARDED / TO / MRS J.FLATON / HOTHAM / FOR COLLECTION OF / PRESERVED FERNS / MOUNTED
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: *INTERNATIONAL* EXHIBITION * / SYDNEY N.S.W. * M.D.CCC LXXIX / ORTA RECENS QUAM PURA NITES / J.S. & A.B.WYON
Reverse: AWARDED / TO / MRS J.FLATON / HOTHAM/FOR COLLECTION OF / PRESERVED FERNS / MOUNTED
Shape: round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Australian International Exhibition Commissioners, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1879-1880
Mint: Royal Mint, London, London, England, Great Britain, 1879
Artist: Joseph Wyon, London, England, Great Britain
Artist: A. Wyon
Artist: Mr James Sayer
Artist: Mr Samuel Begg
Awarded To: Mrs Joseph Flaton, Hotham (North Melbourne), Victoria, Australia
References: Hock.p.261
Jordan, Caroline and Filmer , Veronica, 'Old Sayer's Picture Gallery': James Whitley Sayer, Founder of the Geelong Gallery, Melbourne Art Journal, 11-12, 2008-2009, pp. 34-49.
Bibliography:
  1. [Article] Carlisle, Leslie J. 1978. Australia's First International Exhibition: Sydney 1879. Report of the Australian Numismatic Society. Yearbook No.3: 22-31.
  2. [Book], Robert Freestone, Roslyn Maguire, Peter Proudfoot, Colonial City, Global City: Sydney's International Exhibition 1879, Crossing Press, Darlinghurst, 2000
  3. [Book], Official Record of the Sydney International Exhibition, 1879, Sydney, 1881

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