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Medal - Intercolonial Exhibition of Australasia, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1866-1867 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 18563

Summary:
Australia Victoria Melbourne
Commissioners Medal - Melbourne 1866-7 Intercolonial Exhibition of Australasia
Artist: Charles Summers
Manufacturer: W. Calvert
Awarded to: Knight, J.G.
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 large rectangular frame with printed details of the Exhibition. It was awarded to prominent architect John George Knight, founder of the Victorian Institute of Architects and lecturer in Civil Engineering at the University of Melbourne. Aged only 40, Knight was secretary and manager of the Exhibition, and had also submitted a collection of Australian building stones and a treatise thereon for display (Official Record, p.12). In addition, he displayed a 'Robinson's Patent Cask-washing Machine for Victoria' which he had patented himself and a 'Portable Gasworks for country districts and private dwellings' which he claimed to have invented yet was listed as imported (p.46). Knight had an extensive history of involvement with exhibitions. He helped to organise the Victorian Exhibition in 1861, and designed a 'miniature Crystal Palace' to house the exhibits. The following January he went to London with his growing family as secretary for Victorian at the London International Exhibition. He won medals for a gilded pyramid representing the total amount of gold mined in the Colony, and for his collection of building stones. Knight was also to become commissioner at the Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition in 1887-88. The Intercolonial Exhibition of Australasia was held on the site of the Public Library.
Description:
Inside a large rectangular frome with printed details of the Exhibition, 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"]. In exergue, PRESENTED TO: engraved J. G. Knight Esq / SECRETARY AND MANAGER; below, INTERCOLONIAL EXHIBITION VICTORIA 1866-7.
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 456 mm (Height), 440 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: 440 * 456

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Tagged with: exhibitions, iconography, museum history, wine
Themes this item is part of: John George Knight, Architect (1826-1892), 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: Inside a large rectangular frome with printed details of the Exhibition, 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"]. In exergue, PRESENTED TO: engraved J. G. Knight Esq / SECRETARY AND MANAGER; below, 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 PRESENTED TO: / J. G. Knight Esq / SECRETARY AND MANAGER/ INTERCOLONIAL EXHIBITION VICTORIA 1866-7
in tiny letters on left, C. SUMMERS, SCULP
in tiny letters on right, W. CALVERT, FECIT
Material: Framed bronze
Issued By: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Mint: William Calvert
Artist: Charles Summers
Awarded To: John Knight

Knight was secretary and manager of the Intercolonial Exhibition, Melbourne, 1866.
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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