Eight porcelain plates commemorating 150 years of the State of Victoria

Westminster Fine China Australia (estab. 1954, closed 1998)
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Eight porcelain plates commemorating 150 years of the State of Victoria. The plates depict a transfer-print map of Victoria and have gold edging along the rim. The state floral symbol of a pink heath plant is shown above the map and blue writing frames the map above and below. Created and painted bespoke for the Shire of Cranbourne, the blue text states "STATE OF VICTORIA / 150th. Anniversary / 1984 - 5 / SHIRE OF CRANBOURNE", and includes the Cranbourne crest. The Shire of Cranbourne was amalgamated into the City of Casey.

The verso of the plate lists a chronological list of colonial dates of significance as well as the maker's mark for Westminster China. Westminster was the only Australian porcelain manufacturer of the 20th Century and was produced in Melbourne. This particular makers mark was in use from 1977-1991 and is in line with the date for the 150th anniversary. Westminster was sold to the US Oneida company in 1998 and ceased production. During the 1980s Westminster specialised in commemorative plates for special occassions, hospitality and as requested by various councils and governments. This plate would be one such commission by the Shire of Cranbourne.

List of dates of significance on verso and text reads as follows:
"VICTORIA 150/ GROWING TOGETHER 1984-5/ OUR HERITAGE/ 1834 First permanent settlement est. at Portland Bay/ 1835 John Batman declared "This is a place for a village"/ The founding of Melbourne/ 1847 Melbourne declared a city/ 1851 Separation Act passed. Latrobe appointed as Lieut.-Governor of/ Victoria/ Gold discoveries at Ballarat, Castlemaine, Bendigo and Warrandyte/ 1856 Introduction of the 8-hour working day/ 1861 First Melbourne Cup run at Flemington/ 1877 First Test cricket match played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground./ Australia defeated England./ 1880 Ned Kelly captured at Glenrowan and hanged in Melbourne, Nov. 11/ 1901 First Commonwealth Parliament opened in the Exhibition Building,/ Melbourne/ 1908 Women were granted the right to vote/ 1924 First transmission of electric power to Melbourne from Yallourn brown/ coal plant/ 1940 Cable trams ceased/ 1948 40-hour working week introduced/ 1956 The Olympic Games held in Melbourne/ The first television station began broadcasting/ 1966 Decimal currency introduced/ 1983 Ash Wednesday bushfires devastated many areas of Victoria/ 1984/5 Victoria celebrates its 150th Anniversary of European settlement"

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Westminster Fine China Australia (estab. 1954, closed 1998): Maker
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transfer print on china
23.8 cm diameter
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Makers label printed on verso, lower centre "FINE CHINA/ Westminster/ AUATRALIA"
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Photograph: Viki Petherbridge
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