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Souvenir plate - Bicentenary of Australia

2002.0021.0141

Souvenir plate - Bicentenary of Australia

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Physical description

A bicentenary of Australia commemorative plate printed with vignettes of George III and Queen Elizabeth II above a scroll '1788 George III to Elizabeth II 1988'. The vignettes are set within a spray of Australian flowers, flanked by the Union Jack and the Australian flag. Around the edge of the centre of the plate is a verse from the National Anthem 'Australians Let Us All Rejoice...'. Around the rim of the plate is the Australian coat-of-arms and shields bearing the coats-of-arms of the states alternated with their floral emblems. The plate is 'Designed and produced at the Panorama Studios, Ashburton, Devon, UK, on English Bone China. Limited Edition of 500 pieces', and is hand numbered '94'.

Statement of significance

The collection consists of 196 items. For the most part the collection consists of souvenir ware and other Royal memorabilia. Most of the material relates to the reign of Queen Elizabeth II with a large component devoted to Prince Charles and Lady Diana and the Queen Mother. The collection is significant from a number of perspectives. It provides material evidence of the enduring attraction of the British Royal family. It also provides an insight into the marketing of souvenir items associated with the Royals. The collection is a wonderful example of a "magnificent obsession" on the part of the collector. The collection will be of enduring significance given the ongoing debate as to whether Australia should become a republic.

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