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446675
  • Title
    [Silver trowel used by Sir Francis Forbes to lay the foundation stone of the Sydney College, 1830]
  • Call number
    R 50
  • Level of description
    Collection
  • Date

    1830
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    446675
  • Physical Description
    Objects - ca. 18.5 long (including handle) x 5.5 cm at widest part - 1 diamond shaped flat silver trowel, with rising haft to bone handle
  • ADMINISTRATIVE/ BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY

    This trowel was used by the first Chief Justice of NSW, Sir Francis Forbes, to lay the foundation stone of the non-denominational Sydney College on 26 January 1830. The stone was then '...allowed to lie alone like a solitary egg in a deserted nest for 18 months thereafter...' [Dow, 1974]. Sydney College closed in 1847, but was reconstituted as Sydney Grammar School in 1857. Reference: 'Stories in Silver' exhibition, State Library of New South Wales, 1996.
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  • General note

    Digital order no:a928428
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    The upper side of the trowel is inscribed "To The Honble. Chief Justice Forbes. Saml. Terry ex Treasurer April 15 1836". On the bottom is inscribed: "Foundation Stone of the Sydney College laid Jany. 26 1830".
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