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Medal - Bordeaux Universal Exhibition Progress Award, Societe Philomathique de Bordeaux, France, 1882 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20275

France Bordeaux Australia Great Western
Medal - Bordeaux Universal Exhibition Progress Award1882 (AD)
Mint: Massonnet, Paris
Awarded to: Trouette and Blampied, St Peter's Vineyard

Bordeaux Universal Exhibition Progress award, presented to Trouette and Blampied, St. Peter's Vineyard, for wine. It was minted in Paris.

French immigrants Jean-Pierre Trouette, his wife Anne Marie Blampied and her brother Emile settled in the Grampians in 1858. Jean-Pierre and his brother-in-law Emile were the first to plant grape vines at Great Western, in 1863. They were eventually awarded numerous medals for their wines. Jean-Pierre was dedicated to the establishment of the local wine industry, and also served as a councillor in Stawell. He died in 1885.
A bronze prize medal (67 mm diameter) awarded to Trouette & Blampied of St. Peter's vineyard Great Western for their wine entry. The medal features a turreted-crowned Shield of Bordeaux on a lion reclining left head facing with branches of oak and olive on right and grapes on left together with details of the award.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 67 mm (Diameter)
Dimension Comment: Weight > 100g

More information

Tagged with: exhibitions, wine, immigration, bessannet sam griin
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Migration Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Civil
Tertiary Classification: agricultural prizes
Series: French Exhibition Medals
DateEra: 1882 AD
Obverse Description: Arms of Bordeaux on lion; below, FONDEE EN 1808; AROUND, SOCIETE PHILOMATHIQUE DE BORDEAUX; in small letters, MASSONNET EDIT, PARIS
Reverse Description: At centre, EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLES DES VINS . 1882 . MEDAILLE DE PROGRESS engraved,Trouette & Blampeid / St. Peters Vineyard; around, XIIIE EXPOSITION GENERALE
Edge Description: Plain
Reverse: EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLES DES VINS . 1882 . MEDAILLE DE PROGRESS engraved,Trouette & Blampeid /St. Peters Vineyard; around, XIII EXPOSITION GENERALE
Shape: round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Societe Philomathique de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France, 1882
Mint: Francis Massonnet, Paris, France, 1882
Awarded To: Trouette and Blampied, Great Western, Victoria, Australia, 1882

This was the top prize that Australian entrants could win.
References: Richard Cornish, 'Throw a langoustine on the barbie', in The Age, July 8, 2008, http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/restaurants-and-bars/throw-a-langoustine-on-the-barbie-20100217-o9ze.html, accessed 27/7/2010.
Grampians Information Page http://www.warrnamboolcam.com/graminfo.htm, accesed 27/7/2010.
Arthur Kuehne, Grapes and Gold, reproduced at http://vhd.heritage.vic.gov.au/places/show_history/105090, accessed 27./7/2010.


warrick dawson Posted on 14 Jun 2010 8:10 PM
I have a medallion with identical markings to the above issues to my great grandfather Frederic Dear can you tell me more about it.
Discovery Centre Posted on 15 Jun 2010 2:51 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Warrick. Quite a number of these exhibition medals would have been produced and awarded at the 1882 Exhibition, as well as in other years. The Societe Philomatique was begun in 1788 and still exists so you may be able to find out further information about your medal by contacting them.

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