Summary

Other Details: Medal struck for the Adelaide Jubilee Exhibition, 1887. As Adelaide's first international exhibition, the Jubilee International Exhibition opened to great fanfare at noon on Tuesday 21 July 1887. The Governor, Sir W.C.F. Robinson, arrived to a flourish of trumpets. A prosession of dignitaries entered the hall to the national anthem. Addresses were read, a choir sang, the Queen was cheered and the national anthem was sung again. The exhibition was now open to the general public, who were charged 1s to enter, with children under 14 half price. Season tickets were also available. The exhibition included 296,720 feet of floor space and 73,893 feet of wall space. 200 jurors assessed the entries, under the superintendence of Dr Rennie, Professor at the University of Adelaide. Awards were presented to prize winners at an evening ceremony on 30 November. Rolls of awards were presented to the representatives of each country, rather than to the large numbers of individual winners. On-going entertainments were offered to visitors during the course of the exhibition. A dramatic pyrotechnic display was arranged by Messrs C.T. Brock, who had arranged fireworks for the Britain's massive exhibition venue, Crystal Palace, in London. Regular concerts were held, including the Adelaide Philparmonic Society, the Exhibition Choir and organ recitals. An inter-colonial band contest was held, occassional military displays and even performances by 'aboriginals from the two principal Mission Stations in South Australia'. 789,672 people visited the exhibition, more than twice Adelaide's population of 309,820. The exhibition closed on 6 January 1888, again to rousing renditions of the national anthem.

Obverse Description

Head of Queen Victoria veiled and wearing coronet, left around, QUEEN VICTORIA'S JUBILEE below, 1887

Reverse Description

At centre within line circle a view of the Adelaide Exhibition Building; above, ADELAIDE JUBILEE below, EXHIBITION around above, SOUTH AUSTRALIA'S JUBILEE * JUNE 1887 *

Edge Description

Plain

Significance

The Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition included 296,720 feet of floor space and 73,893 feet of wall space. As Adelaide's first international exhibition, it opened to great fanfare at noon on Tuesday 21 July 1887. The Governor, Sir W.C.F. Robinson, arrived to a flourish of trumpets. A prosession of dignitaries entered the hall to the national anthem. Addresses were read, a choir sang, the Queen was cheered and the national anthem was sung again. The exhibition was now open to the general public, who were charged 1s to enter, with children under 14 half price. Season tickets were also available.

On-going entertainments were offered to visitors during the course of the exhibition. A dramatic pyrotechnic display was arranged by Messrs C.T. Brock, who had arranged fireworks for the Britain's massive exhibition venue, Crystal Palace, in London. Regular concerts were held, including the Adelaide Philparmonic Society, the Exhibition Choir and organ recitals. An inter-colonial band contest was held, occassional military displays and even performances by 'aboriginals from the two principal Mission Stations in South Australia'.

200 jurors assessed the entries, under the superintendence of Dr Rennie, Professor at the University of Adelaide. Awards were presented to prize winners at an evening ceremony on 30 November. Rolls of awards were presented to the representatives of each country, rather than to the large numbers of individual winners.

789,672 people visited the exhibition, more than twice Adelaide's population of 309,820. The exhibition closed on 6 January 1888, again to rousing renditions of the national anthem. -Report of the Royal Commission for the Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition of 1887 to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty. -D. Tout-Smith 5/12/2003.

More Information

  • Collecting Areas

    Public Life & Institutions

  • Acquisition Information

    Cultural Gifts Donation from Mr Robert (Bob) Edwards, 1989

  • Date Issued

    1887 AD

  • Issued By

    Australia, 1887

  • Mint

    Stokes & Martin, Australia, 1887
    Carlisle gives this mint, may be correct.

  • Person Depicted

    HM Queen Victoria

  • Series

    Australian Historical Medals

  • Material

    Gilt Bronze

  • Axis

    12

  • Classification

    Medals, Commemorative, Exhibitions

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline

    Numismatics

  • Type of item

    Object

  • Dimensions

    16.08 g (Weight)
    Weight includes ribbon and ring-mount

  • Shape

    Round with hole and loop

  • References

    Car. 1887/29 Several publications were issued in association with the Exhibition. The following are held by the State Library of Victoria: Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition, 1887; South Australia in 1887: a handbook for the Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition; Report of the Royal Commission for the Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition of 1887 to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty; Official catalogue of exhibits from the colony, forwarded to the Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition, Adelaide, 1887; Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition cantata; Ceremonial to be observed on the occasion of the opening of the Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition, 21st June, 1887.
    [Book] Royal Commission for the Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition of 1887. 1888. Report of the Royal Commission for the Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition of 1887 to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty.

  • Keywords

    Architecture, Celebrations, Exhibitions, Exhibitions: Adelaide Jubilee International, 1887-1888, Queen Victoria Golden Jubilee, 1887, Royal Anniversaries