Document, Golden Casket Art Union

Production date
1917
Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
Winning ticket for first draw of Golden Casket scheduled for 29/3/1917
Classification
CH classification DOCUMENTS
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Measurements
L137 x W112 mm
History and use
This item is the winning ticket of the first draw of the Golden Casket Art Union lottery, in June 1917.

Golden Casket was set up by the Entertainment Committee of the Queensland Patriotic Fund in 1916 to raise funds for wounded returned servicemen. The first five Golden Casket Art Unions raised £24,138 for the Australian Soldiers Repatriation Fund and £37,115 for the building of Anzac Cottages for war widows and their families.

By 1920 it had evolved into Australia’s first government-run lottery and by 1922, the Golden Casket was raising 2% of Queensland's state budget. It continues to raise money for many Qld services, especially those related to health.

The first prize in the first draw went to 16-year-old John Zimmerle, who had to wait until he was 21 until he could claim his £5,000 ($10,000). He used the proceeds to buy a farm at Rochedale where he remained for most of his working life.
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H48876

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