Silver prize medallion, minted by Newman, awarded to Mrs C. Thomas at the First Australian Exhibition of Women's Work, held at the (Royal) Exhibition Building, Carlton in 1907. The medal was awarded along with a special prize of £5 for the best collection of fruit and vegetables in class 297a and 303 respectively.

One of the aims of the First Australian Exhibition of Women's Work was reinforcing an emerging Australian identity and the medallion subtly incorporates two of the key symbols associated with the new nation, the Southern Cross and the Commonwealth Star.

Obverse Description

Silver prize medal featuring three stags surrounding a shield and the text: 1907 / CHRISTI CRUX MEA LUX / EST / MELBOURNE. The Latin means: Christ's cross is my light.

Reverse Description

Around edge: FIRST * AUSTRALIAN * EXHIBITION * OF * WOMENS * WORK In centre, within wreath topped by the Commonwealth Star and closed with the Southern Cross: HIGHEST / AWARD FOR / FRUIT VEGETABLES / MRS THOMAS

Edge Description


More Information