A decoration of the Office of the Order of the Southern Cross, presented to Jean Batten in 1935 by the Brazilian government. A circular medal with a five pointed star in the centre. The medal is attached to an oval shaped green wreath which is suspended from a pale blue ribbon. In the centre of the medal is a blue circular medallion with five white stars representing the Southern Cross and the inscription 'EMERENTIUM PRAEMIUM' which is Latin for Deserving Reward or Prize.
Presented to Jean Batten in 1935 by the Brazilian government. The order, Officer of the Order of the Southern Cross, is a Brazilian award for foreigners who have contributed to the country in a significant way.
In 1935 Batten set a world record flying from England to Brazil in a Percival Gull Six monoplane, G-ADPR. It is for this significant accomplishment which she was presented this Order of the Southern Cross decoration. The presentation of this award made Batten the first person, other than members from various royal families and their courts, to be so honoured.
EMERENTIUM PRAEMIUM Embossed
Federal Government of Brazil. 1935. Decoration [Office of the Order of the Southern Cross], 2003.497. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).
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