Summary

Australia South Australia Adelaide
Medal - Adelaide Exhibition 1887 Commemorative
Mint: Stokes & Martin
Other Details: A silver commemorative (16 mm diameter) medal, holed, featuring a profile portrait head of Queen Victoria crowned and wearing a long veil facing left, wreath with space for engraving initials. 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. 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.

Physical Description

A silver commemorative (16 mm diameter, holed), it features a profile portrait head of Queen Victoria crowned and wearing a long veil facing left, wreath with space for engraving initials

Obverse Description

At centre a portrait profile head of Queen Victoria wearing coronet and veil, around, ADELAIDE EXHIBITION * 1887 *

Reverse Description

Olive wreath of two branches joined by bow at bottom and open at top

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

    Adelaide, Greater Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1887

  • Person Depicted

    HM Queen Victoria

  • Inscriptions

    Obverse: ADELAIDE EXHIBITION * 1887 * around head

  • Series

    Australian Exhibition Medals

  • Material

    Silver

  • Axis

    12

  • Classification

    Medals, Commemorative, Exhibitions

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline

    Numismatics

  • Type of item

    Object

  • Dimensions

    1.92 g (Weight)

  • Shape

    Round with hole

  • References

    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

    Celebrations, Exhibitions, Queen Victoria Golden Jubilee, 1887, Royal Anniversaries