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Medal - Australian Bicentenary, Australian Bicentennial Authority, Australia, 1988 Reg. No: NU 20291
- Gold-plated commemorative medal of the Australian Bicentenary. Issued by the Australian Bicentennial Authority. Designed by Michael Meszaros and minted by the Royal Australian Mint, Canberra, 1988.
This gold-plated medal was presented to official guests at the opening of the National Science and Technology Centre. The obverse, by the Melbourne artist Michael Meszaros, depicts people coming from all directions to gather around the Australian flag. The reverse features the Bicentennial logo by Michael Tracey. It is contained in a clear plastic holder which fits into a green case with the bicentennial logo on its top and the legend 'National / Science and Technology / Centre / 23 November 1988 / THE OFFICIAL / BICENTENNIAL / COMMEMORATIVE / MEDALLION'. This medal was presented to Boyce Pizzey, who represented Scienceworks at the opening.
- Statement Of Significance:
- For over half a century, sculptors Andor (1900-1973) and Michael (1945- ) Meszaros have created medals that reflect the high points of life in Australia. From major awards and portraits of eminent Australians to artwork celebrating popular culture and the natural world, these objects illuminate our culture and history. Grounded in a centuries-old European art tradition, the medals create connections across disciplines and link such diverse subjects as scientific advances, religious themes, sport, the performing arts and motherhood. Through their public and private commissions and their personal artworks, the Meszaros sculptors have defined the modern Australian medal.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Boyce Pizzey, 1988
|Dimensions:||50 mm (Diameter)|
|Weight:||61.58 g (Weight)|
|Tagged with:||australian bicentenary 1788-1988, celebrations, science technology centres, medals, the first one on show|
|Themes this item is part of:||Michael Meszaros, Sculptor & Medal Artist (1945-), Public Life & Institutions Collection, Science & Measurement Collection, Andor Mészáros, Medal Artist (1900-1972), Royal Australian Mint, Deakin, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Meszaros Medals Collection|
|Tertiary Classification:||bicentenary of australia|
|Series:||Australian Commemorative Medals|
|Obverse Description:||Near the centre a space from which a flagpole with the Australian flag rises, gathered around is a large crowd with more people coming from all directions; above, CELEBRATION OF A NATION; on the right rim in tiny letters the artist's name, M.MESZAROS|
|Reverse Description:||AUSTRALIAN BICENTENARY 1788 - 1988 Bicentennial logo in centre|
|Issued By:||Australian Bicentennial Authority, Australia, 1988|
|Mint:||Royal Australian Mint, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 1988|
|Artist:||Michael Meszaros, Kew, Victoria, Australia, 1988|
|Designer:||Michael Tracey, Maleny, Queensland, Australia, 1988|
|Presented To:||Mr Boyce Pizzey - Museum Victoria Scienceworks, 1988|
|Organiser of Event:||National Science & Technology Centre, Australia, 1988|
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