[Photo: National Museum of Australia]
The National Museum has snagged a nice piece of loot with the acquisition of the Junius Cup:
One of Australia’s earliest sporting trophies has been added to the collection of the National Museum of Australia.
The Junius Cup, a handsome silver trophy awarded at the Parramatta races in October 1827, was commissioned by Andrew Nash, a convict turned entrepreneur, and made in Sydney by silversmith Alexander Dick. It was awarded to Robert Fitzgerald, whose horse ‘Creeper’ won the race.
The National Museum of Australia acquired the Junius Cup at auction for $161,000, including the auction house commission of $23,000.
The cup will go on display next year as part of the upcoming Landmarks gallery.