A bronze Taranaki Agricultural Society medal. One side features a bull and a horse standing on grass. A sheep is sitting on the grass in the foreground along with a rake, a plough, a sickle and a spade. " E ALTMANN - MELBOURNE " is marked in small text below this scene. " TARANAKI AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY / AWARDED / TO / MRS OLSON / for / FRESH BUTTER / Dec 1881 " is marked on the other side of the medal which also features a grapevine design.
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This medal was found in the garden at the rear of the vicarage on Henui Street, New Plymouth, in 1953. According to the Taranaki Herald correspondent writing on 8 December 1881 this prize was awarded for 3 pounds of fresh butter. The butter was the only entry in the class but was judged to be of "excellent quality" and worthy of a prize.
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