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Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition, 1887. The only Gold Medal for weighing machines has just

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been awarded to Henry Pooley & Son. 21st September, 1887. [Title from overstamp in red ink]. London : Henry Pooley & Son, 1887. Octavo sheet, printed one side only, advertising Henry Pooley & Son's many successes at international and British exhibitions, including the Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition and the Highland & Agricultural Society's Show, Perth (Scotland); lithographed vignette at the head of the sheet; presumably the red overstamp was prompted by the receipt of a telegraphic communication from Adelaide; mild creasing and toning, but a good example.

The London firm of Pooley & Son specialised in the manufacture of weighing apparatus for railways and for the mining and farming industries.

“As Adelaide's first international exhibition, the Jubilee International Exhibition opened to great fanfare at noon on Tuesday 21 July 1887. The Governor, Sir W.C.F. Robinson, arrived to a flourish of trumpets. A prosession of dignitaries entered the hall to the national anthem. Addresses were read, a choir sang, the Queen was cheered and the national anthem was sung again. The exhibition was now open to the general public, who were charged 1s to enter, with children under 14 half price. Season tickets were also available. The exhibition included 296,720 feet of floor space and 73,893 feet of wall space. 200 jurors assessed the entries, under the superintendence of Dr Rennie, Professor at the University of Adelaide. Awards were presented to prize winners at an evening ceremony on 30 November. Rolls of awards were presented to the representatives of each country, rather than to the large numbers of individual winners. On-going entertainments were offered to visitors during the course of the exhibition. A dramatic pyrotechnic display was arranged by Messrs C.T. Brock, who had arranged fireworks for the Britain's massive exhibition venue, Crystal Palace, in London. Regular concerts were held, including the Adelaide Philparmonic Society, the Exhibition Choir and organ recitals. An inter-colonial band contest was held, occassional military displays and even performances by 'aboriginals from the two principal Mission Stations in South Australia'. 789,672 people visited the exhibition, more than twice Adelaide's population of 309,820. The exhibition closed on 6 January 1888, again to rousing renditions of the national anthem.” (Museum Victoria).