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This week's Featured Web page is about an exhibit at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra, which features a 1789 medal by Josiah Wedgewood.

Josiah Wedgwood made this medallion in 1789 to commemorate the landing of the First Fleet. It is made of clay collected at Sydney Cove by Governor Phillip. He sent the sample to Sir Joseph Banks, who sent it on to Wedgwood to test its suitability for making china.

Wedgwood made the sample into a commemorative medal titled, 'Hope encouraging Art and Labour, under the influence of Peace, to pursue the employments necessary to give security and happiness to an infant settlement'.

It is more commonly known as the Sydney Cove medallion.

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