Medallion

Production date
1877
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Object detail

Description
Round bronze circular medal with raised border and embossed decorations on both sides.
Classification
CH classification NUMISMATICS (MEDALS AND OTHER) Civil Medals
Maker
Production date
1877
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 engine. 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. The shield is positioned within a comprised of grape vine and wheat ears.
HON BLE C.S. MEIN \ FOR \ PONY, "TOMMY". \ 1877.
History and use
This medallion was awarded by the National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland to the Honorable C.S Mein, for his pony ‘Tommy’. The medal was presented in 1877 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
N235

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