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Sesqui Centenary Jug

Date: 1938
240 x 260 x 175 mm
Medium: Ceramic, glaze
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Jug
Object No: 00040901

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    This limited edition Royal Doulton jug depicts Captain Arthur Phillip and officers toasting the British flag after the First Fleet's arrival in Sydney Cove. Phillip's entrance marked the moment when European settlement of the Australian continent began and also the displacement of the Indigenous population.
    SignificanceThe jug is one of a series of Royal Doulton limited edition loving cups and jugs featuring key events and personalities in history. This example was designed as a commemorative piece to Captain Arthur Phillip, his career and the event of British settlement in Australia.
    HistoryCharles Noke, Art Director at Royal Doulton, was responsible for the concept of producing limited edition series presentation pieces based on popular subjects such as fox hunts, coronations, literary figures and famous seamen. Harry Fenton was Noke's most accomplished assistant and the signatures of both men are found throughout the series.

    Arthur Phillip (1738-1814) entered the navy in 1755 and was rated Post Captain in 1786. He was subsequently ranked Commodore of the fleet of eleven ships carrying the first European settlers to Australia. Phillip took supreme control as the first Governor of the colony of New South Wales once the fleet arrived at Sydney Cove. He retained the position until 1792 when Captain John Hunter was appointed Governor.

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