Historical information

Arthur Ernest Albert Dawson entered Ballarat College 4 August 1886. The 1887 Ballarat College Sports program lists Arthur's name against Hurdles, Flat Race, and High Jump. Unfortunately the medal is undated. The intriguing inscription 'Twice Second' may refer to Arthur's competition for the College Cup, a highly valued Athletics Prize. The school does not hold sufficient records from this era to confirm any further details. The medal was donated to the school by Arthur's great-nephew, Ken Dawson, in 2019.


The medal has social significance. It reveals the very high value placed on sports involvement at the school from its earliest beginnings.

Physical description

Ornate silver medal

Inscriptions & markings

Inscribed around school crest on front: Ballarat College
Inscribed on medal verso: A Dawson / Twice Second