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Medal - West Melbourne Bowling Club Championship, Victoria, Australia, 1873 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 34516

Summary:
Australia Victoria Melbourne
Bowling Championship 1873 (AD)
Mint: not recorded
Awarded to: Aitken, William
Other Details: The gold prize medal of the West Melbourne Bowling Club for their first Bowling Championship in 1873. The medal was made in gold and enamelled in red and blue, although most of the enamelling has been lost. It was won by William Aitken. Samual Amess, a Scottish immigrant and President of the Builders and Contractors Association, won the Presidents Cup at the West Melbourne Bowling Club the following year. Bowling in Australia had been established in Melbourne in 1864, with the formation of the Melbourne Bowling Club. The sport rapidly became organised, and in 1873, the year this medal was presented, the first Grand Bowling Tournament was played between six Melbourne clubs. This tournament became and annual event and after the formation of the Victorian Bowling Association became the V.B.A. President's Trophy.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 33 mm (Height), 25 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: 25 * 33

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Tagged with: lawn bowls, sport
Themes this item is part of: Leisure Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, West Melbourne Bowling Club, Victoria
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Civil
Tertiary Classification: sports prizes
Series: Sport
DateEra: 1873 AD
Obverse Description: At centre cut out monogram WMBC (once enameled in red and blue); around engraved, FIRST CHAMPION BOWLING TROPHY + 1873 +
Reverse Description: Engraved around monogram, Won by West Melbourne Bowling Club + WILLIAM AITKEN +
Edge Description: loop and ond chain ring at top
Inscriptions: loop and ond chain ring at top (edge)
At centre cut out monogram WMBC (once enameled in red and blue); around engraved, FIRST CHAMPION BOWLING TROPHY + 1873 + (obverse)
Engraved around monogram, Won by West Melbourne Bowling Club + WILLIAM AITKEN + (reverse)
Shape: Round with loop
Material: Gold
Issued By: West Melbourne Bowling Club, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Awarded To: William Aitken

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