Object StatementCommemorative shield, George McCredie 'Victor of the Plague', wood / silver, made by Henry Berthold, Sydney, New South Wales, 1900
Physical DescriptionCommemorative shield, George McCredie 'Victor of the Plague', wood / silver, made by Henry Berthold, Sydney, New South Wales, 1900
Oval shaped shield with a carved wooden frame in a scrolled foliate design. Seven silver plaques are mounted on the outside of the frame and in the top centre is a sculpted head of George McCredie with a ribbon-shaped band of metal underneath. In the middle of the wooden frame is an oval piece of brown fabric with a raised central shield, also made of silver. The central shield has carved silver waratah flowers on each side with a foliate design below and flannel flowers at base. Underneath this are shamrocks, roses and thistles in relief, as well as fern leaves which rise out of them. The ferns encircle the inscription with a pair of cornucopia on either side. On the back of the shield is a carved piece of wood attached by a metal hinge, which enables the shield to stand. A small section of the stand has broken off and accompanies the object in an airtight bag.
MarksThe very centre of the shield reads '1900 / THIS SHIELD / A DIAMOND CRESCENT, AND A GOLD WATCH & CHAIN, / was Presented to / GEORGE MCCREDIE ESQ.R J.P. / BY / SIR WM. J. LYNE, K.C.M.G. / (PREMIER.) / on behalf of the / CITIZENS OF SYDNEY / in recognition of the / PATRIOTIC AND EFFECTIVE MANNER / in which he carried out his / duties, when in charge of the / operations for stamping out / the Plague, / 19th October 1900.'. On the outside of the shield is 'VICTOR-OF THE-PLAGUE' and seven shields (six of which contain text). They read (from left to right) 'JOHN DYKES, J.P. / MAYOR OF VAUCLUSE, President.'; 'EVAN JONES, / Hon. Treas.'; 'SEMPER PARATUS'; 'W.S.LLOYD, / W.H.BRAINWOOD, / Hon.Secs.'; 'ADVANCE AUSTRALIA' and 'HENRY PATESON, J.P. / THOMAS CLARKE, MLA. / HON.HENRY STUART, M.L.C. / Vice Presidents.'.