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Medal - Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition, Bronze Prize, Victoria, Australia, 1888 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 16456

This Bronze prize medal was awarded to Mrs J.V. Flatow at the 1888 Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition. Mrs Flatow won several prizes at the Exhibition, including First Order of Merit in the Fisheries Court for her "Shells, turtle shells, etc", (listed in the Reports and Awards of Juries p.765); Second Order of Merit for her "Shells, etc" in the Natural History category, jury section 3 (Awards of the Executive Commissioners, Official Record, p.1050); Second Order of Merit for her "large collection of dried specimens of ferns" in the "Horticulture, Floriculture, etc", category, jury section 29 (Awards of the Executive Commissioners, p.1061). Mrs Flatow also displayed "Mounted ferns, everlasting flowers, grasses, etc", in the Victorian Ladies Court (listed in the Reports and Awards of Juries, p.637).

The Exhibition, celebrating a century of Australian settlement, surpassed even the grand scale of the1880 Melbourne International Exhibition. It attracted over two million people, but the Victorian government had to spend £250 000 on it, ten times the amount estimated. The exhibition had a distinctively imperial focus, and a greater emphasis on culture than in 1880, particularly on music and painting. A choir of 5000 sang music old and new, and 500,000 people attended symphony concerts. There were over 3000 paintings on display, including works by artists like JMW Turner and C Lutyens. The Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens was lit inside and out by electric lights, claimed to be the largest installation of arc lighting in the world.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 76 mm (Diameter)
Dimension Comment: Weight > 100 g

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Tagged with: exhibitions
Themes this item is part of: J.V. (Annie) Flatow, Artist & Naturalist (1833-1916), Royal Exhibition Building Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch, Melbourne, Victoria, HM Queen Victoria (1819-1901), Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales, Melbourne Mint, Medal Makers, Victoria, Australia, Deputy Masters of the Melbourne Branch of the Royal Mint, 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
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Civil
Tertiary Classification: melbourne centennial exhibition 1888-1889
Series: Australian Exhibition Medals
DateEra: 1888 AD
Obverse Description: Bust of Queen Victoria facing left wearing crown and veil ; around, CENTENNIAL INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION MELBOURNE
Reverse Description: Around below wreath, MELBOURNE MINT MDCCCLXXXVIII STOKES AND MARTIN SC.
within wreath around Southern Cross, ARTIBUS DIGNUS HONOR INSIGNIS
Edge Description: Impressed, MRS. J.V. FLATLOW
Shape: round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1888
Mint: Melbourne (Mint)
Designer: George Anderson - Royal Mint, Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1888
Engraver: Stokes & Martin (Mint), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1888
Awarded To: Mrs J. Flatow, Hotham (North Melbourne), Victoria, Australia, 1888
Date Awarded: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1888
Person Depicted: HM Queen Victoria
Place & Date of Event: Exhibition: 1888 Centennial, Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1888


Paul keylard Posted on 14 Dec 2009 5:50 PM
Hi there,
Could you please give some light on the following item.
I think it's a token of some sort.
On one side it has Queen Victoria's Jubilee
1887.On the flip side it has Advance Tasmania including coat of arms and on the bottom it reads inscription could be P or F. W. stewart Launceston. It also has a small hole drilled on top of token.
Discovery Centre Posted on 15 Dec 2009 11:23 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Paul, F & W Stewart were a watchmaker & jewellers in Launceston. Like many businesses, they made a number of commemorative medals, including the one you have for Victoria's Jubilee. Further information about the business can be found at http://museumvictoria.com.au/collections/themes/1953/f-w-stewart-jewellers-tasmania
For further information about the medal itself you may wish to contact a local numismatic society or dealer

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