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1850 – 1856


Presentation spade c.1864 Place made: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Materials & Technique: metalwork, presentation pieces commemoratives, silver: fabricated, engraved

Primary Insc: engraved on front of blade: "Presented to Lady Bowen,/ON THE OCCASION OF HER TURNING THE FIRST SOD/OF THE/Southern & Western Railway/AT IPSWICH, QUEENSLAND,/Feby 25th 1864,/BY THE CONTRACTORS MESSRS PETO BRASSEY & BETTS."
Dimensions: object 42.0 h x 18.0 w x 6.5 d cm ; weight 878.84 gm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2014
Accession No: NGA 2014.1279
Subject: Australia, Art period: Colonial, Queensland