Summary

Australia South Australia Adelaide
Medal - Adelaide Exhibition 1887 Prize
Other Details: A large bronze prize medal (75 mm diameter) featuring a profile portrait head of Queen Victoria crowned and wearing a long veil facing left and a wreath of Australian native flowers, fruits and vegitables. Prize medals were only issued for First Prize at the delaide Jubilee International Exhibition; they were not named. This medal is unusual in that it has the shield of the "For Services" medal but is a First Order of Merit prize medal. 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 large bronze prize medal (75 mm diameter), it features a profile portrait head of Queen Victoria crowned and wearing a long veil facing left and a wreath of Australian native flowers, fruits and vegitables.

Obverse Description

At centre, profile portrait head of Queen Victoria crowned and wearing a long veil facing left; around, ADELAIDE JUBILEE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION . MDCCCLXXXVII E.A. ALTMANN . MELBOURNE in tiny letters under bust

Reverse Description

Within wreath of Australian native flowers, fruits and vegitables; FIRST ORDER / OF / MERIT

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

    Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978

  • Date Issued

    1887 AD

  • Issued By

    Adelaide, Greater Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1887

  • Artist

    Ernst August Altmann, Melbourne, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1887

  • Person Depicted

    HM Queen Victoria

  • Inscriptions

    Obverse: ADELAIDE JUBILEE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION . MDCCCLXXXVII around bust E.A. ALTMANN . MELBOURNE in tiny letters under bust Reverse: FIRST ORDER / OF / MERIT within wreath of Australian native flowers, fruits and vegitables

  • Series

    Australian Exhibition Prize Medals

  • Material

    Bronze

  • Axis

    12

  • Classification

    Medals, Civil, Exhibition prizes

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline

    Numismatics

  • Type of item

    Object

  • Shape

    round

  • 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