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

    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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