Object: Medallion - ’Free Pass’ for travel on NZ Railways by a Member of the Legislative Council.
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|Title||Medallion - ’Free Pass’ for travel on NZ Railways by a Member of the Legislative Council.|
Unknown (silversmith), New Zealand
x 39mm (Length)
x 25mm (Width/Depth)
|Credit line||Gift of Tranz Rail Holdings Ltd, 2000|
For many years from the 1870s Members of Parliament had the privilege of free travel on New Zealand Railways. They were given 'Passes' made of gold or silver, often in the form of distinctively New Zealand motifs such as tiki, patu or kiwi. These passes were attached to the Members' fob chains so they could be easily shown to Railway officials.
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