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Medal - Education Department Board of Advice Award, Victoria, Australia, circa 1873-1910 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20371

Australia Victoria
Medal - Education Department Board of Advice Large Bronze Award c 1875 (AD)
Mint: Melbourne
Other Details: Medal commissioned by the Victorian Education Department Board of Advice and designed by Melbourne jeweller, engraver and die-sinker Ernst A. Altmann. When free and compulsory education were first introduced in Victoria in 1873 the local management of schools in each area was facilitated through a Board of Advice, a forerunner of today's School Councils. Each Board controlled a number of schools within a specified school district. The responsibility of Board members included checking on the condition and management of schools (including sporting facilities and books), inducing children to attend school, recommending scholarships, suspending teachers in cases of misconduct and identifying the need for new schools. Each Board of Advice consisted of five to seven people, elected by ratepayers living in the school district. All Boards of Advice were abolished under the Education Act 1910. The role performed by these Boards was effectively assumed by a new body known as the School Committee which was to be established within every school.
An unissued specimen bronze prize medal (37 mm diameter) featuring a profile bust the ancient Greek goddess Athena facing right wearing a Corinthian helmet decorated with a griffin.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 37 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 29.82 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: education, greek mythology
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Ernst August Altmann, Jeweller & Engraver (circa 1850-1920), Education Department of Victoria, Melbourne Mint, Medal Makers, Victoria, Australia, Deputy Masters of the Melbourne Branch of the Royal Mint, Closure of Melbourne Mint, Melbourne Mint during World War II, Establishment of Melbourne Mint, 1872, Melbourne Mint
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Civil
Tertiary Classification: education prizes
Series: Australian Prize Medals
DateEra: circa 1873-1910 AD
Obverse Description: Profile bust the ancient Greek goddess Athena facing right, wearing a Corinthian helmet decorated with a griffin; around, STATE SCHOOLS OF VICTORIA; below in small letters, E.A. ALTMANN. MELBOURNE.
Reverse Description: Olive wreath; at top, BOARD / OF / ADVICE / AWARDED TO
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Education Department of Victoria, Victoria, Australia, circa 1875
Mint: Melbourne (Mint)
Artist: Ernst Altmann, Victoria, Australia, circa 1875

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