Australia Victoria Warrnambool
Medal - Warrnambool Industrial & Art Exhibition Commemorative 1896 (AD)
Other Details: This commemorative was struck at a mint set up in the exhibition to display minting. It was sold as a memento of attending the exhibition and probably originally had a small piece of ribbon and a pin so that it could be worn. The Exhibition was held on the site of the Warrnambool Town Hall, in the hall itself and specially-erected buildings; the Art Gallery & School of Arts rooms were also used. The Exhibition buildings covered 31,500 square feet, with a further 14,000 square feet of outdoor space. It opened on Monday 21 December 1896, declared a local public holiday. The Exhibition featured a range of competitions: musicals and recitations, map drawing, ironing, wood-chopping, butter and other dairy produce, domestic produce such as cakes, breads and confectionary, and wine and beer. It closed on 19 March 1897.
A gilt bronze medal (23 mm diameter) featuring a view of the building in which the exhibition was held and an Australian Coat of Arms.
View of large building with five flags flying and six trees in front; above, INDUSTRIAL & ART EXHIBITION in exergue, 1896 / WARRNAMBOOL
Australian Coat of Arms with kangaroo and emu supporters (no motto); around on broad rim, STRUCK AT THE EXHIBITION MINT
Obverse: INDUSTRIAL & ART EXHIBITION / 1896 / WARRNAMBOOL Reverse: STRUCK AT THE EXHIBITION MINT
Type of item
22 mm (Outside Diameter), 4.28 g (Weight)
Round with hole
[Book] O'Callaghan, Elizabeth. The Great Warrnambool Exhibition: the Story of the Warrnambool Industrial & Art Exhibition 1896-97.