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Medal - Victorian Grand National Exhibition, Gold Prize, Ballaarat, Victoria, Australia, 1868 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20192

Australia Victoria Ballarat
Medal - Victorian Grand National Exhibition Gold Prize 1868 (AD)
Awarded to: Jean Pierre Trouette

Victorian Grand National Exhibition gold prize medal, awarded to Jean Pierre Trouette as first prize for a red wine, 1867 vintage.

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 gold prize medal (36 mm diameter with loop and single ring) manufactured by engraving a gold disc with details of the exhibition and prize and mounting it in a yellow-gold ring.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 37 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 13.19 g (Weight)
Dimension Comment: with loop and ring extended max height 41.5 mm. Weight excludes yellow string.

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Tagged with: agricultural shows, agriculture, exhibitions, gold, wine, immigration, viticulture winemaking
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Migration Collection, Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Civil
Tertiary Classification: exhibition prizes
Series: Victorian Agricultural Medals
DateEra: 1868 AD
Obverse Description: Engraved: Victorian / GRAND NATIONAL / Exhibition / BALLAARAT / 22d & 23d October / 1868.
Reverse Description: Engraved: 1ST PRIZE / RED WINE / Vintage 1867. / AWARDED TO / Jean Pierre Trouette
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: Victorian / GRAND NATIONAL / Exhibition / BALLAARAT / 22d & 23d October / 1868.
Reverse: 1ST PRIZE / RED WINE / Vintage 1867. / AWARDED TO / Jean Pierre Trouette
Shape: round
Material: Gold
Issued By: Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
Awarded To: Mr. Jean Trouette - Trouette and Blampied, Great Western, Victoria, Australia, 1867
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.

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