Sir John Kerr Challenge Cup

Large metal silver plated cup on a black plastic base. Engraved with the words "The Sir John Kerr Challenge Cup". Information about the cup was given by Dr. Shiner which related to his time as a dental student. Restored by Henry Forman Atkinson between 1990 and 1995, enquiries revealed that the cup was from the Dental Students' Society and was an annual trophy won by the best drinking team after the annual final football match of Engineers, Dental and Medical Students. The dismissal of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam by Sir John Kerr and his subsequent actions probably led to the naming of the cup. The introduction of the '.05' drink driving limit, seat belts and the general drive for road safety had quite a profound effect on student drinking habits and was the reason for the abandonment of the competition.

Object detail

metakl, plastic
31.0 x 27.0 cm
Accession Number
Credit Line
Transferred from the Royal Dental Hospital Store, Villiers Street, North Melbourne
Object Type
instruments/dental instruments
Henry Forman Atkinson Dental Museum Category


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