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Medal - Port Phillip Farmers' Society, Silver Prize, Victoria, Australia, 1858 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 33185

Summary:
Australia
Medal - Port Phillip Farmers' Society Silver Prize 1858 (AD)
Mint: not recorded
Awarded to: Mr. William Bernage
Other Details: Prize medal won by William Bernage issued by the Port Phillip Farmers Society (now known as Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria) for Grass Seed Harrows at the Annual Exhibition of 1858. The Society was formed in 1848 from a number of earlier farmers' societies in Victoria. The Society aimed to improve agricultural practices to meet the food needs of a growing population, and conducted ploughing matches in the area around Flemington. In 1855 it established showgrounds in Parkville, opposite the present site of The University of Melbourne. The current showgrounds in Ascot Vale were not established until 1882.
Description:
A silver prize medal (51 mm. diameter) featuring a rural scene of farm house, reclining cow, sheep, horse and tools below gum tree branch; in exergue in tiny letters, ARNOLDI and details of the prize engraved within open wreath below small Kangaroo
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 51 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 61.88 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: agricultural shows, agriculture, grasses, harrows
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Port Phillip Farmers Society, Victoria
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Civil
Tertiary Classification: agricultural prizes
Series: Australian Agricultural Prize Medals
DateEra: 1858 AD
Obverse Description: Rural scene of farm house, reclining cow, sheep, horse and tools below gum tree branch; in exergue in tiny letters, ARNOLDI
Reverse Description: Engraved within open wreath below small Kangaroo, GRASS SEED HARROWS PRIZE awarded to Mr. Wm. Berbage Annual Exhibition 1858; around, PORT PHILLIP FARMER'S SOCIETY; below, INSTITUTED 1848
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: PORT PHILLIP FARMERS ASSOCIATION INSTITUTED 1848 GRASS SEED HARROWS PRIZE awarded to Mr. Wm. Berbage Annual Exhibition 1858
Reverse: ARNOLDI
Shape: round
Material: Silver
Issued By: Port Phillip Farmers' Society, Victoria, Australia, 1858
Awarded To: Mr. William Bernage, Victoria, Australia, 1858
Bibliography:
  1. [Article] Jewell, Raymond T. 1962. 'Australiana' No.1. Australian Numismatist. 17 (4)

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