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Medal - Port Phillip Farmers' Society, Silver Prize, Victoria, Australia, 1857 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20171

Summary:
Australia Victoria
Medal - Port Phillip Farmers' Society Silver Prize 1857 (AD)
Mint: not recorded
Awarded to: Crook, J. (Mr.)

Other Details:
Awarded to Mr Crook by the Port Phillip Farmers Society (now known as Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria) for the best team - bullocks at the Bacchus Marsh Ploughing Match of 1857. 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 also 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: 63.59 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: agricultural shows, agriculture, bullocks, ploughing competitions, ploughs
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: 1857 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, BACCHUS MARSH Ploughing Match BEST TEAM - BULLOCKS at work in the field FIRST PRIZE to Mr. J . Crook 1857; around, PORT PHILLIP FARMER'S SOCIETY; below, INSTITUTED 1848
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: PORT PHILLIP FARMERS ASSOCIATION INSTITUTED 1848 BACCHUS MARSH Ploughing Match BEST TEAM - BULLOCKS at work in the field FIRST PRIZE to Mr. J . Crook 1857
Reverse: ARNOLDI
Material: Silver
Issued By: Port Phillip Farmers' Society, Victoria, Australia, 1857
Awarded To: Mr Crook, Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, Australia, 1857
Bibliography:
  1. [Article] Jewell, Raymond T. 1962. 'Australiana' No.1. Australian Numismatist. 17 (4)

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