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Medal - Exhibition of Women's Industries, Gold Prize, Set in Belt Buckle, New South Wales, Australia, 1888 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20556

Summary:
Medal mounted in belt buckle. One of three gold prize medals awarded by a sponsor at the Women's Industrial Exhibition (the Exhibition of Women's Industries and Centenary Fair) in New South Wales in 1888. Sponsored by Mrs Hunter-Baillie, it was won by Ellen Julia (Nellie) Gould in the sick nursing and ambulance work prize department. Gould was a nurse at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney and later matron and superintendent of the training school at Sydney Hospital. She also served during World War I, at one stage as Matron of Harefield House Hospital (No. 1 Australian Auxilliary Hospital) in Middlesex, England.

Nellie had this medal, one of only 10 gold medals known to have been awarded at the Exhibition, mounted in a gilt belt buckle.

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 provided assistance 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 sang, 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 provided assistance 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:
The medal 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; it is set in an ornate gilt buckel on a swivel mount.
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 63 mm (Height), 72 mm (Width)
Weight: 79.92 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: exhibitions, gold, healthcare medicine, nursing, wars conflicts, women s work, world war i 1914-1918
Themes this item is part of: Exhibition of Women's Industries, 1888, Ellen (Nellie) Julia Gould, Principal Matron & World War I Servicewoman (1860-1941), Cecilia Annetta Carrington, Philanthropist & Charity Worker (circa 1850s-?), Mary Elizabeth Windeyer, Suffrage Campaigner (1837-1912), Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, W.J. Amor Mint, Medal Maker, New South Wales
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: exhibitions
Series: Australian Exhibition Medals
DateEra: 1888 AD
Obverse Description: Medal set in ornate belt buckle. At centre of medal a profile portrait 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: Inscribed, NELLIE GOULD [NU]RSING DEPARTMENT
Inscriptions: Inscribed, NELLIE GOULD [NU]RSING DEPARTMENT (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. in the centre (reverse)
Shape: Irregular
Material: Gold
Issued By: Exhibition of Women's Industries, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1888
Mint: Amor (Mint), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1888

This was the first medal struck by W.J. Amor, Sydney, according to Carlisle, p.56.
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
Awarded To: Nurse Ellen (Nellie) Gould - Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1888

One of three gold medals awarded
References: Car 1888/14

Ruth Rae, 2006. 'Ellen Julia Gould: a civilian nurse and founder of the military nursing tradition in Australia (1860-1941)'. Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, December 1 2006 - see http://www.articlearchives.com/international-relations/national-security-foreign-defense/938079-1.html.

Photograph of Ellen Gould in the Australian War Memorial collection: ID Number A01156, c 1915: an outdoor portrait of Principal Matron Ellen Julia Gould, No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital (AAH)
Bibliography:
  1. [Article] Smith, R. A. 1997. Sydney Women's Exhibition Medal. Australian Coin Review. (392)
  2. [Book], Leslie Carlisle, Australian commemorative medals and medalets from 1788, B & C Press, Sydney, 1983

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