Medallion

Production date
1895
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Description
Round silver medallion with raised, indented border and decorations carved in centre.
Obverse: Portrait of Queen Victoria with National Agricultural Association name around border, and decorative dottted edge.
Reverse: Reads "Exhibition 1895. W. Finucane. T. Zagami. Olive Oil" with wreath featuring local flora and fauna with agricultural produce (wheat and corn).
Classification
CH classification NUMISMATICS (MEDALS AND OTHER) Civil Medals
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Measurements
Dia. 51 x H4 mm
Media/Materials description
Silver
Signature/Marks
THE NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL & INDUSTRIAL ASSOCIATION OF QUEENSLAND
EXHIBITION \ 1895 \ W.FINUCANE \ & \ F.ZAGAMI. \ OLIVE OIL
History and use
This medallion was awarded by the National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland to W. Finucane and F. Zagami for olive oil they produced from a plantation on St Helena Island Penal Establishment, Moreton Bay. The prison had hectares of land that prisoners were put to work on, and they were awarded RNA medals for their cattle, as well as olive oil. However, in this case the medals were addressed to those men who directed the plantation, rather than the prison and its workers. This medallion was presented in 1895 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
N269

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