This is a wooden gavel used for the meetings of the International Order of Good Templars. They were based in South Melbourne, Victoria.

The Society was one of several organisations in nineteenth century Victoria established to promote temperance, oppose the extension of hotel licences, and educate children and adults about the dangers of alcohol. It was formed in America in 1851. The society encouraged female/family membership and played a significant part in the Suffragette movement in many countries. It was established in Australia by 1870.

Physical Description

This wooden gavel is made of turned dark wood.

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