Medallion

Production date
1879
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Description
Bronze, circular medal with raised edges awarded to Walter Hill of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens in 1879. Medal features embossed decorations on both sides with engraved text on reverse.
Classification
CH classification NUMISMATICS (MEDALS AND OTHER) Civil Medals
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Measurements
Dia.73 x H7 mm
Media/Materials description
Bronze
Signature/Marks
At centre a steam traction engine above a horse, cow (reclining) and sheep within wreath comprised of grape vine and wheat ears. Wreathe also features agricultural implements including rake, scythe and spade. A bee's hive is positioned above the traction engie. Uppercase text is printed around the circumference of the medal across the top of the scene. Text reads "NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL & INDUSTRIAL ASSOCIATION OF QUEENSLAND". Below the bee's hive is a ribbon containing uppercase text - " BY INDUSTRY".
WALTER HILL. \ BOTANIC GARDENS \ EXTRA PRIZE. \ COLLECTION OF CEREALS \ AND ROOTS. \ 1879.
History and use
This medallion was awarded by the National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland to Walter Hill, the first Superintendant/Curator of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens from 1855-1881. Hill was also a greyhound breeder and exhibitor who showed a variety of competitive and non-competitive samples of flora and fauna in the 1870s in addition to this prizewinning greyhound ‘Surprise. This medallion was presented to promote Queensland agricultural and industrial endeavours.

The National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland was formed in 1875, and its goal was to bring together the cultures of country and city in celebration of the diversity of Queensland industry and lifestyle. The first show was the Intercolonial Exhibition of 1876, held on the land at Bowen Hills purchased by the Association. A public holiday was declared and the show was extremely popular, drawing crowds of 17 000, when Brisbane’s total population was only 22 000 at the time.

The ‘Ekka’, as it is now affectionately known, is a 10 day annual festival, officially titled the ‘Royal Queensland Show’ since 1921 when King George V warranted the ‘Royal’ prefix.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
Registration number
N232

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