Medallion

Production date
Circa 1909
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Description
Round bronze medallion with raised edges, engraved with designs in centre.
Obverse:- "Queensland Jubilee 1859-1909". Seated female figure & cornucopia in foreground. Rising sun & ship in background.
Reverse:- "National Agricultural & Industrial Association of Queensland". Wreath composed of ears of wheat. Maltese cross at top.
Engraved in centre:- "J. Hiron Esq. Councillor"
Classification
CH classification NUMISMATICS (MEDALS AND OTHER) Commemorative Medals jubilee
Measurements
Dia.46 x H5 mm
Media/Materials description
Bronze
Signature/Marks
QVEENSLAND JVBILEE \ 1859 - 1909
NATIONAL.AGRICULTURAL & INDUSTRIAL. ASSOCIATION.OF.QUEENSLAND
J.HIRON \ ESQ. \Councillor
History and use
This medallion was awarded by the National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland to J. Hiron Esquire, a Brisbane Councillor. The medal was presented in 1909, the year of Queensland’s Jubilee, and the medallion design was altered to honour this fact. Medallions such as this were awarded 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
N7017

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