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Clear glass plate marked Advance Australia, to commemorate Australia's centenary in 1888

1999.0017.0127

Clear glass plate marked Advance Australia, to commemorate Australia's centenary in 1888

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Physical description

A clear glass plate with a scalloped rim and a stippled surface design. 'ADVANCE AUSTRALIA', and the names of the cities; 'MELBOURNE', 'ADELAIDE', 'BRISBANE' and 'SYDNEY' on ribbons, are featured around the edge. The foot is pressed with an unofficial Australian coat of arms, that features; a fleece, ship, barrel and bale or box, and a sheaf, in the four quarters, supported by a kangaroo and an emu. Various fruits appear in the foreground.

Statement of significance

This collection consists of approximately 180 objects of Australiana, predominantly featuring the kangaroo. It encompasses a wide range of styles produced in Australia and overseas over a period of 150 years. The collection is diverse and includes decorative art objects, such as a Doulton umbrella stand, as well as an assortment of ephemera from several postcards to a matchbox.

This collection has been amassed by Terence Lane, a former Senior Curator of Australian Art at the National Gallery of Victoria over a period of 20 years. During this period, many of the items collected were not in high demand. However, they have since become eagerly sought and the result is a collection which has increased in cultural value. It is considered the best collection of kangaroo theme items in Australia.

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