Summary

Other Details: This silver prize medal was awarded at the Victorian Industrial Exhibition of 1856 to John Jones for 'the best case of artificial limbs'. A previous Victorian Industrial Exhibition had been held in Geelong 29 - 30 January 1851. Livestock, agriculture and wines were exhibited and prizes were awarded. The Victoria Industrial Society exhibitions were well-received and became an annual event. The 1856 exhibition boasted displays of manufactures, produce, machinery and fine arts. It was opened by His Excellency, Sir Henry Barkly on 11 February.

Physical Description

On central medallion within wide looped wreath symbols of Agriculture including sheep, wheat, bee hive, grapes and plough in exergue, H.DE.G. (?). The reverse engraved AWARDED / TO / Mr. John Jones / for the best Case of / ARTIFICIAL / LIMBS / November / 1856; around, VICTORIA INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY.

Obverse Description

On central medallion within wide looped wreath symbols of Agriculture including sheep, wheat, bee hive, grapes and plough in exergue, H.DE.G. (?)

Reverse Description

Engraved inscription: AWARDED / TO / Mr. John Jones / for the best Case of / ARTIFICIAL / LIMBS / November / 1856; around, VICTORIA INDUSTRIAL SOCIETY.

Significance

A previous Victorian Industrial Exhibition had been held in Geelong 29 - 30 January 1851. Livestock, agriculture and wines were exhibited and prizes were awarded. The Victoria Industrial Society exhibitions were well-received and became an annual event. The 1858 exhibition boasted displays of manufactures, produce, machinery and fine arts. It was opened by His Excellency, Sir Henry Barkly on 11 February. -State Library of Victoria collection, Catalogue of the Annual Exhibition of Manufactures of the Victoria Industrial Society, 1858; Eric Gerald Clancy, The Overflow of Clancy: the Story of Thomas and Anne Clancy and their Descendants - http://www.users.bigpond.com/mr_brianpowell/clancy/05_ch3.html. -D. Tout-Smith 16/2/2004.

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