Jackie Howe medals in Warwick
THE Jackie Howe medals will call Warwick home for just two more days before they are packed up and delivered to their permanent resting place at the Australian Museum.
The medals have been displayed at the Warwick Art Gallery for nine days and gallery assistant Pat Benkendorff said they had generated a lot of interest.
“We’ve had heaps of people come through this week,” she said.
“We’ve had lots of textile workers coming through too, to see the other exhibition, so they’ve complemented each other well.”
Sisters Emma and Kate Potter spent their Friday afternoon learning about legendary shearer Jackie Howe and inspecting his prize medals and watch.
“They are very interesting and very shiny!” said Kate.
Seven-year-old Emma agreed and said she was keen to hear more about Jackie and his tales of shearing in the 1800s.
The Jackie Howe medals have been loaned from Canberra for the 150th celebrations this week.
The gold medals were won by Mr Howe from a shearing competition and are strung with a shield and fob watch.
The collection will be shifted to Glengallan Homestead on Sunday briefly, to coincide with the homestead’s family history centre opening.
The Warwick Library is open today between 9am and noon.