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Medal - Exhibition of Women's Industries, Commemorative, New South Wales, Australia, 1888 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20737

Summary:
Australia New South Wales Sydney
Medal - Women's Industries Commemorative 1888 (AD)
Mint: Amor
Other Details: A hand engraved silver medal with a loop at the top, in the form of a shield featuring the New South Wales badge, a lion on a cross, issued for the Women's Industrial Exhibition (the Exhibition of Women's Industries and Centenary Fair) in New South Wales in 1888. 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 one sided silver medal in the form of a shield (25 * 38 mm) with a loop at the top featuring 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 under a ribbon engraved 1888 / WOMEN'S INDL EXHIBITION
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 37 mm (Height), 24 mm (Width)
Weight: 7.75 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: exhibitions, women s work
Themes this item is part of: Mary Elizabeth Windeyer, Suffrage Campaigner (1837-1912), Public Life & Institutions Collection, Temporary Aid Society, New South Wales, Exhibition of Women's Industries, 1888, W.J. Amor Mint, Medal Maker, New South Wales
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: working lives
Series: Australian Exhibition Medals
DateEra: 1888 AD
Obverse Description: A one sided silver medal in the form of a shield (25 * 38 mm) with a loop at the top featuring 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 under a ribbon engraved 1888 / WOMEN'S INDL EXHIBITION
Reverse Description: Plain
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: 1888 / WOMEN'S INDL EXHIBITION (engraved) across a banner
Shape: Shield
Material: Silver
Issued By: Exhibition of Women's Industries, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1888
Other Association (See Comments): Temporary Aid Society, New South Wales, Australia

Proceeds from a sale of the works exhibited were donated to the Temporary Aid Society, which lent money to women in financial difficulty.
Organiser of Event: Lady Mary Windeyer, Australia
Mint: Amor (Mint), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Bibliography:
  1. [Article] Smith, R. A. 1997. Sydney Women's Exhibition Medal. Australian Coin Review. (392)

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