Physical description

Large silver shield with highly detailed casting & hand engraving of a scene from the garden of eden. Shield is approximatley 630mm W x 850mm H surrounded by a 70mm wide mauve velvet material band. A gold curved rectangular plate withthe donor and winner name is set into the band. Shield was presented to the brigade in Sydney in May 1888 for first prize in the hose & ladder event as part of the centenial demonstration. Trophy was donated by the Australian Mutual Fire Insurance Society and presented by Walter Church, Manager.

Inscriptions & markings

Centennial Demonstration / Sydney May 1888 / Hose & Ladder / First Prize Won By / W.Trahar, P.Cockburn / W.Smith, R.Young / W.Perkins, R.Johnstone / A.Reynolds, J.Coward / Captn W.Trotman, Apparatus Off W.Dark. (on gold plaque) Presented by the / Australian Mutual Fire / Insurance Society / Walter Church, Manager / Won by