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Certificate awarded to an Australian winemaker at the 1877 Metropolitan Intercolonial Exhibition, Sydney
printed by S.T. Leigh, 1870 but dated, Sydney 1877 - Colour lithograph with manuscript additions, 490 x 370 mm., a few closed tears and a little foxing, good condition overall. Honourable mention for a full bodied wine. Uncommon relic of Australian winemaking in the 1870's, a certificate awarded at the Sydney Intercolonial Exhibition of 1877 to winemaker Conrad Sohninger of Orange for his 'full bodied white wine'. For Australian agriculturalists, especially those who produced goods for ready export (such as winemakers), the Intercolonial exhibitions were an opportunity to reach hitherto inaccessible markets. The Melbourne Intercolonial Exhibition of 1866-1867 had been a great success, and the decision to stage a similar event in Sydney from 1870 onwards was motivated (in part at least) by rivalry between the two colonies. The grand spectacle of public exhibitions arose from precedents in England and Europe, as revealed in a {i Sydney Morning Herald }of October 1870: 'This exhibition was called into existence under the auspices of the Agricultural Society of New South Wales, and it has proved a splendid success. It has been to this colony what the Great Exhibition of 1851 was to England - what the Exposition Universelle of Paris was to France in 1862. It has attracted large numbers of people from all parts of New South Wales, and also from other colonies of Australasia.'.
      [Bookseller: Hordern House Rare Books]
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