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Letter - Mrs. Duffell to C. Duffell, 9 Dec1933 Document Reg. No: HT 8318 1

Letter to Constance Duffell from her mother, commemorating the kitchen tea held in honour of her wedding in Essendon. In the letter she lists all the women in attendance.

Constance Duffell was born in England in 1910. She migrated to Australia with her parents and brother on the 'Narkunda' in 1927 aged 17. During the voyage Connie was accommodated with another girl (a stranger) on the lower deck while her mother, father and brother were on the upper deck together. Connie suffered seasickness until reaching Gibraltar.

Her father, Thomas Duffell was brought out to work at the Commonwealth Printing Branch as an engraver and transferrer; this was common apparently for workers to be imported as there was not enough local printing expertise at the time. In 1934 she married Archibald Gordon Maclaurin who had migrated from England in 1928 and worked at the Note Printing Branch. They had two children, Roger and Jocelyn and lived all their lives in Essendon.
Cream paper, handwriting in black ink, to Constance from her mother dated 9 December 1933. Headed 'Granville, Fuller St, Essendon and list of women who attended Constance's kitchen tea.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Jocelyn Maclaurin, 2004
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 20.75 cm (Width), 26.95 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Measurement of Letter

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Tagged with: british immigration, immigration, marriage customs rites, celebrations, correspondence
Themes this item is part of: Domestic & Community Life Collection, Migration Collection, Transport Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Archibald Gordon Maclaurin, English Migrant, 1928, Constance Duffell, English Migrant, 1927
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Settlement - First Home & Family
Tertiary Classification: correspondence
Inscriptions: Granville/Fuller St/Essendon/W.5/Vic. Aus/9th Dec. 1933/Dear Con/A little momento of the/first Kitchen Tea ever/taken part in by you/Mum
Addressed To: Miss Constance Duffell, Victoria, Australia, 9 Dec 1933
Sender: Mrs Duffell, Victoria, Australia, 9 Dec 1933

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