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Thimble - Metal, circa 1880 Archaeology Reg. No: LL 074674 1

This metal thimble was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003.

Working in Little Lon.
Alongside the tightly packed cottages, commercial enterprise thrived in little Lon. Shops sold food and 'fancy goods'. Factories and workshops manufactured bellows, furniture, waterproof clothing and ice cream.

In the 1880s grocers flourished, and in the 1890s clothing firms and Chinese cabinet-makers dominated the local manufacturing scene. But Little Lon's most numerous businesses were the myriad hotels and brothels.

It is easy to overlook the 'invisible' work carried out in people's homes. Because such work was rarely documented we rely on things left behind to tell the story. The abundance of lace bobbins dug up at Little Lon hints at a lace-making industry and busy lives otherwise hidden from history.
Description for Parent record:
Two thimbles, one complete, one split in half. No decorative design. Split thimble, possibly silver. Very oxidised. Probably made in Britain in 1880s.
Check date. Thimbles can date from much earlier than 1880s.
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 25 mm (Height), 20 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Width = Diameter

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Tagged with: making history - little lonsdale street
Themes this item is part of: Little Lon, Little Lon Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Activity: Domestic See Supplementary File 27/25/-/02/-
Trench Unit Number: 01/49/87
Manufacturer: 1880s

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