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Souvenir plate - 150th Anniversary of New South Wales

2002.0021.0174

Souvenir plate - 150th Anniversary of New South Wales

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Physical description

Souvenir blue and white china plate with the coat-of-arms of New South Wales (NSW) in the centre. Below it is '150 Years of Progress'. On the left side is '1788' and the right '1938'. The rest of the plate is covered with illustrations of governors of NSW from the same period. Produced by Wood & Sons Ltd., Burslem, England.

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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