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Medal - Port Phillip Farmers' Society, Gold Prize, Victoria, Australia, 1856 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20482

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Medal - Port Phillip Farmers' Society Gold Prize 1856 (AD)
Mint: Kangaroo Office ?
Awarded to Mr D. Patullo
Other Details: Awarded to David Patullo by the Port Phillip Farmers Society (now known as Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria) for his sample of cape barley at the 'Exhibition of Grain, Seeds, & Farm Produce'. The Exhibition was held each year in March, and in 1856 was held at the Corn Market, Melbourne. This medal is one of only three known in gold. Patullo also won a medal in the 1857 competition - probably the same medal - for the 'Best 20 Bushells Cape Barley...52 lbs 2oz per Bushell'. This latter medal was awarded in Division 1 - Open Competition. Five gold medals were awarded that year, and 17 silver - an increase from 1856. David Patullo won one of the silver medals as well - second prize for a yearling filly. The competition was transferred to the larger Olympic Theatre, Melbourne, that year. David Patullo was a paid-up member of the Port Phillip Farmers' Society. A David Patullo, born 1816, migrated to Australia from Perthshire, Scotland, in 1841 with his wife Agnes. Other brothers soon followed, all becoming farmers in the Craigieburn area, Wollert and Bulla. The Port Phillip Farmers' Society was formed in 1848 from a number of earlier farmers' societies in Victoria. The Society aimed to improve agricultural practices to meet the food needs of a growing population, and conducted ploughing matches in the area around Flemington. In 1855 it established showgrounds in Parkville, opposite the present site of The University of Melbourne. The current showgrounds in Ascot Vale were not established until 1882.
A gold prize medal (38 mm. diameter) featuring a rural scene of farm house, reclining cow, sheep, horse and tools below gum tree branch and details of the prize engraved within open wreath below small Kangaroo
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 38 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 39.700 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: agricultural shows, agriculture, australian native animals, barley, gold
Themes this item is part of: David Patullo, Farmer (1816-1890), Kangaroo Office Mint, Melbourne, Victoria, 1854-1857, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Port Phillip Farmers Society, Victoria
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Civil
Tertiary Classification: agricultural prizes
Series: Australian Agricultural Prize Medals
DateEra: 1856 AD
Obverse Description: Rural scene of farm house, reclining cow, sheep, horse and tools below gum tree branch; in exergue in tiny letters, ARNOLDI
Reverse Description: Engraved within open wreath below small Kangaroo, Twenty Bushels / CAPE BARLEY / PRIZE / awarded to / Mr. D. Patullo / 1856; around, PORT PHILLIP FARMER'S SOCIETY; below, INSTITUTED 1848
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: PORT PHILLIP FARMERS ASSOCIATION INSTITUTED 1848 Twenty Bushels CAPE BARLEY PRIZE awarded to Mr. D. Patullo 1856
Shape: round
Material: gold
Issued By: Port Phillip Farmers' Society, Victoria, Australia, 1856
Mint: Kangaroo Office (Mint)
Artist: Arnoldi

German die-engraver who worked in the Kangaroo Office. He is not named on this medal, but his name appears on NU 20912.
Awarded To: David Patullo, Victoria, Australia, 1856
  1. [Article] Jewell, Raymond T. 1962. 'Australiana' No.1. Australian Numismatist. 17 (4)
  2. [Book], Greg McDonald, Collecting and Investing in Australian Coins and Bank Notes, Umina Beach, NSW, 1991
  3. [Article] Sharples, John. 1988. 'The Kangaroo Office': A Nineteenth Century 'Sting'. Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia. 4: 29-37.

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