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Medal - Exhibition of Women's Industries, Bronze Prize, New South Wales, Australia, 1888 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20532

Summary:
Australia New South Wales Sydney
Medal - Women's Industries Bronze Prize 1888 (AD)
Mint: Amor
Other Details: A bronze prize medal (40 mm diameter) of the Exhibition of Women's Industries held in Sydney in 1888. It features a profile portrait of Lady Cecilia Carrington and the New South Wales badge, the cross of St George in red (indicated by vertical stripes) on a white disc, at the extremity of each arm of the cross is an eight pointed star, and in the centre of the cross is a lion passant guardant set within a wreath of Australian native flowers. The Exhibition was organised by philanthropist and suffrage campaigner Lady Mary Elizabeth (Bolton) Windeyer (1836 - 1912) and presided over by Lady Cecilia Carrington, wife of the NSW Governor. Proceeds from a sale of the work exhibited financed the Temporary Aid Society, which lent money to women in financial difficulty. The Exhibition comprised seven competitive departments: needlework and lace, knitting, domestic industries (cooking and confectionary), mechanical work (typewriting, box and toy making), educational (especially sick nursing and ambulance work), horticulture and floriculture and fine arts (paintings, drawings, photography and pottery). The Exhibition's motto was 'Patience, Work and God's Grace'. It included a series of auctions, cooking demonstrations, lectures on food and temperance, concerts of singing and other music, dramatic performances, comedies and award ceremonies. The Exhibition opened on Tuesday 2 October, with a ceremony performed by Lady Carrington. A 100-voice choir sand, accompanied by the Permanent Artillary Band. The Exhibition received considerable praise. It was free to children, although too expensive for working class women who also faced a rail fare to the venue. One newspaper correspondent commented that women touted their wares at the exhibition as if it was a common flea market. Nevertheless, it drew close to 3,000 people each day, and its nett profit of 6,000 pounds financed the Temporary Aid Society, which lent money to women in financial difficulty. Competitive prize medals were struck by W.J. Amor in gold, silver and bronze. About 15 gold, and 250 each of silver and bronze were struck.
Description:
A bronze prize medal (40 mm diameter) of the Exhibition of Women's Industries held in Sydney in 1888. It features a profile portrait of a young woman and the New South Wales badge, the cross of St George in red (indicated by vertical stripes) on a white disc, at the extremity of each arm of the cross is an eight pointed star, and in the centre of the cross is a lion passant guardant set within a wreath of Australian native flowers.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 39 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 34.15 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: exhibitions, women s work
Themes this item is part of: Exhibition of Women's Industries, 1888, Cecilia Annetta Carrington, Philanthropist & Charity Worker (circa 1850s-?), Mary Elizabeth Windeyer, Suffrage Campaigner (1837-1912), Public Life & Institutions Collection, W.J. Amor Mint, Medal Maker, New South Wales, W.J. Amor Mint, Medal Maker, New South Wales
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Civil
Tertiary Classification: exhibition prizes
Series: Australian Exhibition Medals
DateEra: 1888 AD
Obverse Description: At centre a profile head of a young woman facing left; around, EXHIBITION OF WOMEN'S INDUSTRIES * SYDNEY . 1888 * ; the artist's and mint name AMOR under neck truncation.
Reverse Description: At centre within a wreath of Australian native flowers, the New South Wales badge, the cross of St George in red (indicated by vertical stripes) on a white disc, at the extremity of each arm of the cross is an eight pointed star, and in the centre of the cross is a lion passant guardant; around PATIENCE, WORK AND GOD'S GRACE; below in tiny letters, AMOR. SYDNEY
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: plain (edge)
EXHIBITION OF WOMEN'S INDUSTRIES/SYDNEY.1888 Woman's head, facing l., AMOR under neck truncation (obverse)
PATIENCE, WORK AND GOD'S GRACE / AMOR. SYDNEY Wreath of Australian native flowers; Badge of N.S.W. (reverse)
Shape: Round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Exhibition of Women's Industries, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1888
Mint: Amor (Mint), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1888
Artist: W. Amor, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1888
Commissioned By: Exhibition of Women's Industries, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1888
Organiser of Event: Lady Mary Windeyer, Australia, 1888
Person Depicted: Lady Cecilia Carrington, New South Wales, Australia, 1888
References: Car. 1888/14
Bibliography:
  1. [Article] Smith, R. A. 1997. Sydney Women's Exhibition Medal. Australian Coin Review. (392)

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