Threads of connection
Detail view of an urn shaped silver gilt cup Vaucluse House Collection, Historic Houses Trust of NSW, Photograph (c) Jamie North

The trophy cabinet

Trophies are symbolic objects, intended for display as evidence of achievement, especially of victory in a contest of some kind.  Many of the trophies in the collection of the Justice & Police Museum of are rewards for sporting prowess: cups presented to members of the police force for winning athletics events, for cycling, rowing, tennis and wrestling.  The Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection has a cup presented to a woman named Dora Walford for taking second prize in the Ladies Bending Race at a Sydney Polo Club Gymkhana in the 1920s. Rouse Hill House also has trophies related to horses, including an embroidered silk purse won by a horse named Hercules at the Hawkesbury Races in 1838. The earliest trophy in the collection is a fine silver gilt cup presented by the Duke of Northumberland in 1815 to former military officer George Johnston, the man who arrested Governor William Bligh in 1808.

Dora Walford’s polo trophy
George Kemp’s mile walk trophy
Indian Army Remounts Trophy
Jack Reilly’s wrestling trophy
Lance Townsend’s athletics trophy
NSW Police Choir trophy
Percy Shepherd’s road race trophy
Roy Garlick’s rowing trophy
The Duke of Northumberland’s cup
The Hawkesbury Races purse