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Medal - Intercolonial Exhibition of Australasia, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1866-1867 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 18562

Summary:
Australia Victoria Melbourne
Commissioners Medal - Melbourne 1866 Intercolonial Exhibition of Australasia
Artist: Charles Summers
Manufacturer: W. Calvert
Awarded to: Rev. John Ignatius Bleasdale
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 in a circular cedar frame (missing the original convex glass cover). The recepient, Rev. John Ignatius Bleasdale D.D., wrote a history of Victorian wine, was chief wine judge at the Exhibition and was Executive Commissioner for Juries. He also sat on the royal commission that planned the exhibition, and entered a case of colonial gems, both rough and polished, which he had collected (Official Record, p.11). In addition, he submitted two pen and ink drawings: 'Ecco Homo!' by Guido Reni and 'The Crucifixion' by an 'Italian' artist (p.112) and a painting of the crucifixion on three folding panels (p.115). His abilities in mineralogy were recognized in Australian and international circles. Bleasdale was born in England and was ordained at the age of 22. He moved to Australia in 1851 and was associated for many years with St Francis Church, Melbourne. He was deeply interested in science and was an outstanding figure in Catholic scientific circles. He was an active member of many scientific societies and at one time was a trustee of the Melbourne Public Library, Museum and National Gallery. 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 the National Museum.
Description:
Inside a circular cedar frame (with convex glass cover missing) 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 four lines (the first three engraved) PRESENTED TO / Dr. I.I. Bleasdale D.D. / INTERCOLONIAL EXHIBITION VICTORIA 1866-7.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 285 mm (Diameter)

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Tagged with: exhibitions, museum history, wine
Themes this item is part of: John Ignatius Bleasdale, Minister (1822-1884), Charles Summers, Medal Maker (1827-1878), Public Life & Institutions Collection, Sustainable Futures 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, 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"]. This medal is in a circular wooden frame missing the convex glass cover. In exergue in four lines (the first three engraved) PRESENTED TO / Dr. J.I. Bleasdale D.D. / 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 in four lines (the first three engraved) PRESENTED TO / Dr. I.I. Bleasdale D.D. / 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
Mint: William Calvert, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1866
Artist: Charles Summers, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1866
Awarded To: Reverend John Bleasdale, 1867

Dr Bleasdale wrote a history of Victorian wine and was chief wine judge at the exhibition.
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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