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Medal - Intercolonial Exhibition of Australasia, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1866-1867 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20218

Summary:
Australia Victoria Melbourne
Prize Medal - Melbourne 1866 Intercolonial Exhibition of Australasia
Artist: Charles Summers
Manufacturer: W. Calvert
Awarded to: Albert Le Souef

Other Details: 648 medallions were produced to be awarded to exhibits of excellence at the Intercolonial Exhibition and an additional 50 for special merit. This medal is sealed in a domed glass covered, circular cedar frame. In the exergue is the name of the exhibition curved around at the bottom, INTERCOLONIAL EXHIBITION VICTORIA 1866-7 and the name of the winner of this medal ALBERT LE SOEUF. Although actively involved in the dispossession of Aboriginal land, Caroline and Albert Le Souef valued their interactions with Aboriginal people, and recorded traditional Aboriginal life and customs. Keen to record that culture, Caroline and Albert Le Souef created three decorative boxes in the 1860s, filled with miniature Aboriginal weapons which Albert made. Caroline decorated the boxes with scenes of Aboriginal life, while Albert carved, meticulously numbered and catalogued each weapon (from across Australia) on the inside lid of the box. This box was displayed at the 1866 Intercolonial Exhibition in Melbourne (Official Record, p.30). It reflected a growing nostalgia by Europeans towards Aboriginal culture, and the start of a widening enthusiasm for collecting Aboriginal artefacts. Le Souef later became Director of the Zoological Gardens at Royal Park. The Intercolonial Exhibition of Australasia was held on the site of the Public Library, in new wings that eventually became the site of the Industrial and Technology Museum in 1870, a forerunner to Museum Victoria. (Deborah Tout-Smith)
Description:
Inside a circular cedar frame with convex glass cover the bronze medal features on the right, the personification of Victoria, standing facing left and holding palm in left hand while receiving her "six sisters" who each bring a contribution; Behind Victoria is a Lion's head perhaps representing one of the lions that flanked the Museum (where the Exhibition was held). Behind the 'six sisters' an ancient ship's prow. Around above, hand engraved, the Latin FACIES NON OMNIBUS UNA NEC DIVERSA TAMEN QUALEM DECET ESSE SORORUM [translates as: "They all look different and yet alike : as sisters would"]. The exergue legend reads in three lines MEDAL AWARDED TO / ALBERT LE SOEUF / INTERCOLONIAL EXHIBITION VICTORIA 1866-7.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 285 mm (Diameter)

More information

Tagged with: exhibitions, museum history
Themes this item is part of: Charles Summers, Medal Maker (1827-1878), Albert Alexander Cochrane Le Souef, Politician (1828-1902), Public Life & Institutions Collection, William Calvert, Printer & Publisher (circa 1820s-?)
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Civil
Tertiary Classification: exhibition prizes
Series: Australian Exhibition Medals
DateEra: 1866-1867 AD
Obverse Description: On the right, the personification of Victoria, standing facing left and holding palm in left hand while receiving her "six sisters" who each bring a contribution; Behind Victoria is a Lion's head perhaps representing one of the lions that flanked the Museum (where the Exhibition was held). Behind the 'six sisters' an ancient ship's prow. Around above, the Latin, FACIES NON OMNIBUS UNA NEC DIVERSA TAMEN QUALEM DECET ESSE SORORUM [translates as: "They all look different and yet alike : as sisters would"]. This medal is sealed in a circular wooden frame with convex glass cover. In exergue MEDAL AWARDED TO: / ALBERT LE SOUEF / INTERCOLONIAL EXHIBITION VICTORIA 1866-7
in tiny letters on left, C. SUMMERS, SCULP; in tiny letters on right, W. CALVERT, FECIT
Reverse Description: Plain
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Around above: FACIES NON OMNIBUS UNA NEC DIVERSA TAMEN QUALEM DECET ESSE SORORUM [translates as: "They all look different and yet alike : as sisters would"].
In exergue MEDAL AWARDED TO: / ALBERT LE SOUEF / INTERCOLONIAL EXHIBITION VICTORIA 1866-7
in tiny letters on left, C. SUMMERS, SCULP
in tiny letters on right, W. CALVERT, FECIT
Shape: round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Artist: Charles Summers
Manufacturer: William Calvert, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1866
Awarded To: Albert Le Souef, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1866
References: A further publication titled Intercolonial Exhibition, 1866. Official Catalogue, is available at Museum Victoria library.
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Intercolonial Exhibition of Australasia, Melbourne, 1866-67: Official Record, Melbourne, 1867

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