Receipt, Golden Casket Art Union

Production date
04 Jul 1917
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Receipt from Jacob Zimmerle re first draw of Golden Casket Art Union.
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Production date
04 Jul 1917
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L333 x W209 mm
History and use
This receipt relates to the winner, a minor, of the first ever draw of the Golden Casket Art Union on 14 June 1917. The prize money of £5,000 ($10,000) was held in trust until 16-year-old John Zimmerle turned 21. The receipt is signed by John Zimmerle’s father, Jacob Zimmerle.
The Golden Casket Lottery was first conceived during World War 1 by the Entertainment Committee of the Queensland Patriotic Fund to raise funds for veterans of the War. 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 the Golden Casket had evolved into Australia’s first government-run lottery. Over the years, the proceeds have gone to numerous causes, and many of Queensland's existing hospitals and health services have benefited from funds raised by the Golden Casket. On 29 June 2007 Golden Casket Lottery Corporation became a wholly owned subsidiary of Tattersall's Limited.
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