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In 1952, the Australian government paid £15,600 to secure the purchase of an inspeximus copy of Magna Carta from the reign of Edward I. This document confirmed and re-issued the main provisions of the Great Charter signed by King John in 1215, and…

The trend in medievalist revivals in all aspects of colonial life included medieval illumination found in addresses, books, presentation certificates or albums. These pieces of carefully crafted work, sometimes on precious vellum, marked special…