Medallion

Production date
1880
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Description
Silver circular medal with raised edges. 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
Silver
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".
Crowned bust of Queen Victoria facing left and positioned above a shield which is inscribed 'AWARDED TO \ FRED TURNER \ OVERSEER \ ACCLIMATISATION SOCIETY \ SPECIAL PRIZE \ FOR \ EXCELLENT DISPLAY \ "ECONOMIC PLANTS" \ 1880'. The shield is positioned within a wreath comprised of grape vine and wheat ears.
FRED TURNER \ OVERSEER \ ACCLIMATISATION SOCIETY \ SPECIAL PRIZE \ FOR \ EXCELLENT DISPLAY \ ECONOMIC PLANTS \ 1880.
History and use
This medallion was awarded by the National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland to Mr Fred Turner for his work as curator/overseer of the Queensland Acclimatisation Society’s gardens at Bowen Park, Brisbane. Fred Turner came from England to Brisbane in 1874 to work at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens. He undertook field excursions where he learned from local Aboriginal people about various plants and grasses, collecting specimens of each. In 1879, the year before he was awarded this medallion, he became curator of the gardens at Bowen Park.

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.

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Registration number
N233

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