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Circa 1923
A 9 carat gold plated badge of the North Island Brass Band Association in a presentation case. The badge is ornately engraved in a lute shape and features an exaggerated profile of Mount Taranaki / Egmont in relief in the centre of a circle. " NEW PLYMOUTH 1923 " is engraved around this scene. " N I B B A " is engraved at the top of the badge. " 9CT" is marked on the reverse of the badge near the top. There is a suspension loop at the top of the badge. The presentation case has a cream imitation leather covering and a black felt lining on the interior of the base. A hook is fitted in the base which fits the suspension loop. " Shepherd " is handwritten in pencil on the underside of the case.
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Circa 1923
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This badge was awarded to Drum Major Neil Shepherd on 3 March 1923 after he led the Fourth Wellington Regiment brass band, which was based in New Plymouth, to victory in the B Grade division of the North Island Brass Band Association Championships. According to a Taranaki Herald report of the competition was held in front of a crowd of about 12,000 at Pukekura Park. The band also picked up a 35 pound prize for their efforts. His family remembers Mr Shepherd always had a great affinity with musical instruments and seemed to able to pick up any instrument and play it.
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