Summary

Australia Victoria Melbourne
Elocution Prize Medal from G. Zupton 1879 (AD)
Mint: not recorded
Awarded to: De Lacy Evans, G.
Other Details: This elocution prize medal in silver from Wesley College was won by G. De Lacy Evans in 1879. It was presented by G. Zupton, who may have been a teacher at Wesley. Wesley College was opened in St Kilda Road in 1866. In 1871 M.H. Irving became Headmaster. In his first report to the school, Irving clearly defined his priorities: sound moral training, fluency and accuracy in English useage, rapidity and 'perfect accuracy' in arithmetic and the study of Latin and Greek.

Obverse Description

Head of Athens looking left and wearing a Corinthian helmet.

Reverse Description

Around a victor's wreath the inscription ELOCUTION PRIZE 1879. Within the wreath is the inscription PRESENTED BY G. ZUPTON TO G. DE LACY EVANS.

Edge Description

WESLEY COLLEGE

Significance

In 1871 M.H. Irving became Headmaster. In his first report to the school, Irving clearly defined his priorities: sound moral training, fluency and accuracy in English useage, rapidity and 'perfect accuracy' in arithmetic and the study of Latin and Greek.

For further detail refer A Great Australian School: Wesley College Examined. Wesley College, March 2004. -1977, for Fundraising Appeal Case Statement. Reproduced at http://mywebpage.netscape.com/mgswebaus/wesley/hist1977.htm. -D. Tout-Smith 17/2/2004.

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