Summary

Australia
Australian International Exhibitions - For Services 1879 - 1881 (AD)
Awarded to: Mueller, Ferdinand von
Other Details: This bronze medal was awarded to Ferdinand von Mueller, former director of the Botanical Gardens and Victorian Government Botanist, for his services on behalf of Australian's international exhibitons. Mueller exchanged plant specimens with botanic gardens and museums around the world, and described thousands of Australian species. He was also an experienced hand at exhibitions. He was appointed a commissioner for the 1854 Melbourne Exhibition, and was involved in arrangements for the 1880-81 Melbourne International Exhibition.

Physical Description

A large bronze medal (75 mm diameter) awarded for services to the Royal Commission, it features a head of Albert, Prince of Wales, and details of the award

Obverse Description

Head of Albert facing right, head bare; around, * ALBERT EDWARD PRINCE OF WALES K.G. PRESIDENT OF ROYAL COMMISSION and in tiny letters the artist's names J.S. & A.B. WYON

Reverse Description

At centre engraved within olive wreath, BARON / VON MUELLER / K.C.M.C. / FOR / SERVICES; around, AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS . SYDNEY 1879-80 . MELBOURNE 1880-81

Significance

Probably corresponds to a certificate at the Melbourne Botanic Garden recording the award of a bronze medal to Mueller 'for services' in connection wit the Melbourne International Exhibition, 1880-81 - Prof. R. W. Home Dec 2005.

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