Lord mayoral chain – original 1884

Registration number

1088106

Title

Lord mayoral chain – original

Production date

1884

Medium

18 carat yellow gold

Dimensions (H x W x D)

dimensions variable; 2485.4 grams (total weight)

Inscriptions

The large oval medallion style pendant comprising central enamelled coat of arms. The applied white and red crest of the City of Melbourne surrounded by a green enamel wreath on a deep blue enamel ground. With the motto:'Vires acquirit eundo' on a pink enamelled ribbon. Applied gold scroll and white enamel beaded border. Gold applied lettering to the border: 'City of Melbourne Incorporated AD 1842'
The reverse with presentation engraving: 'Presented 9th October 1884 by Edmond Gerald FitzGibbon Barrister at Law. Clerk of Committees from March 1854- 30th June 1856. Thenceforth the Town Clerk'. Surmounted by engraved family crest.

Credit line

City of Melbourne Art and Heritage Collection

Keywords

Lord Mayoral chain, gold

Summary

The chain comprises two rows of oval 18-carat yellow gold medallions, with 43 outer-row medallions and 29 inner-row medallions. Each of the 72 medallions has a central crest of the City of Melbourne in high relief, with applied scroll and bead-style borders. Each is engraved with the names of the former lord mayors and dates they held office:

1. Henry Condell 1842–43, 43-44
2. Henry Moor 1844–45,46–47
3. James Frederick Palmer 1845–46
4. Andrew Russell 1847–48
5. The Hon. Sir James Stanley Disney 1848–51
6. William Montgomery Bell 1848–49
7. Augustus Frederick Adolphus Greeves 1849–50
8. William Nicholson 1850–51
9. John Thomas Smith, seven times – engraved on reverse side 1851–52, 52–53, 54–55, 55–56,
57–58, 60–1, 63–64
10. John Hodgson 1853–54
11. Peter Davis 1856–57
12. Henry Sallows Walsh 1858–59
13. Richard Eades 1859–60
14. Robert Bennett 1861–62
15. Edward Cohen 1862–63
16. George Wragge 1864–65
17. William Bayles 1865-66
18. William Williams 1866–67
19. James Stewart Butters 1867–68
20. Thomas Moubray 1868–69
21. Samuel Amess 1869–70
22. Thomas McPherson 1870–71
23. Orlando Fenwick 1871–72
24. Thomas O’Grady 1872–73
25. John McIlwraith 1873–74
26. James Gatehouse 1874–75
27. Alexander Kennedy Smith 1875–76
28. James Paterson 1876–77
29. John Pigdon 1877–78
30. Joseph Story 1878–79
31. George Meares 1879–80, 80–81
32. Cornelius Job Ham 1881–82
33. James Dodgshun 1882–83
34. Charles Smith 1883–84
35. Godfrey Downes Carter 1884–85
36. James Cooper Stewart 1885–86
37. William Cain 1886–87
38. Benjamin Benjamin 1887–88, Sir Benjamin Benjamin KB 1888–89
39. Matthew Lang 1889–90, 1890–91, 1891–02
40. Arthur Snowden 1892–93, 1893–94, Sir Arthur Snowden 1894–95
41. William Strong 1895–96, 1896–97
42. Malcolm D. McEacharn 1897–98. 1898–99 Sir M.D McEacharam 1899–1900.
43. Sir Samuel Gillott 1900–01, 01–02, first lord mayor 1902–03
44. Charles Pleasance 1904–05
45. Sir David Valentine Hennessy 1912–17
46. Alderman William Whyte Cabena 1918–19
47. Sir William Brunton 1923–26
48. Sir Stephen Joseph Morell, KNT 1926–28
49. The Hon. Sir George Wales MLC 1934–37
50. Edward Campbell 1937–38
51. Arthur William Coles 1938–39, 39–40
52. Sir Frank Beaureparie 1940–42
53. Sir Thomas Sydney Nettlefold 1942–45
54. Sir Francis Raymond Connelly 1945–48
55. Oliver John Nilsen 1951–52
56. William John Brens 1952–53
57. Robert Henry Solly 1953–54
58. Sir Frank Selleck KBE MC 1954–57
59. Sir Frederick William Thomas KT 1957–59
60. Bernard Evans DSO ED 1959–61
61. Sir Morris Nathan KBE 1961–63
62. Sir Leo Curtis 1963–65
63. Ian F. Beaureparie CMG 1965–67
64. R.T.A. Talbot 1967–69
65. Edward W Best 1969–71
66. Eustace Alwynne Rowlands OBE VRD 1971–72
67. Alan D Whalley 1972–74
68. Ronald J Walker 1974–76
69. Donald G Osborne 1976–77
70. Irvin P Rockman 1977–79
71. Ralph Angelo Bernadi 1979–80
72. John W Woodruff 1980–81