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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.
Production Unknown (silversmith), New Zealand
Materials gold, enamel
Classification medallions, passes
Dimensions Overall: 2mm (Height) x 39mm (Length) x 25mm (Width/Depth)
Credit line Gift of Tranz Rail Holdings Ltd, 2000
Registration number GH010999

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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