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A large and ornate silver trophy, awarded to Arthur Albert Fantham at the Egmont A&P Show. The trophy has two large curved handles on each side, a heavily decorated stand and body, and a removable lid on top of which is a silver horse. The front of the trophy has the following inscription: " AWARDED/BY/EGMONT A&P/ASSOCIATION/TO/MR AA FANTHAM/POINTS PRIZE/HORSES " Underneath this inscription a further addition has been added, of " CATTLES AND SHEEP".
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Arthur Albert Fantham is a well known Hawera name, and he was influential in a number of spheres. He, his wife Mary and their 11 children moved to Hawera in 1881, where they settled on the established farm Egmont View. Arthur had made a name for himself in Canterbury and Waikato as an astute breeder of animals, particularly cattle, and in Hawera he also became an auctioneer. He was also a key player in the formation of the Egmont Farmers Union, and helped to set up an A&P Association. This particular trophy was from the 1886 Egmont A&P Show, where Arthur's breeding prowess saw him cleaning up the opposition!
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