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Trunk - Large, Wood, circa 1858 Object Reg. No: HT 18654

Summary:
Large wooden trunk brought out to Melbourne from Scotland by Charles Anderson Grant. Charles Anderson Grant was born in 1837 in Greyfriars Parish, Edinburgh to James and Ann Grant. His father was a tailor and clothier and was known to be 'tyrannical'. A family story says there was tuberculosis in the family and as a result the children were encouraged to immigrate to a warmer climate. Charles arrived in Melbourne in December 1858 on board the 'Mermaid' aged 21.

Most of Charles' siblings came out to Australia as unassisted migrants. His brother John was a doctor in Bacchus Marsh but died two years before Charles arrived in 1856. His brother William immigrated to Australia in 1852 and worked a farm firstly in Bacchus Marsh and then at Warragul, he died around 1911. Charles' sister Rebecca married a doctor in Melbourne and died giving birth to her child.

When Charles died the trunk went to his brother William and then to his daughter. During World War Two the trunk was lent out to the Colac Red Cross, had an oilcloth placed over the lid and was used for locking up stores for the group. Eventually it went to William's granddaughter Jean who removed the oilcloth and cleaned it.
Description:
Large wooden trunk with a lid that lifts open. The lid is connected with original metal hinges. The trunk is brown in colour with written words in white on lid. The original metal handles are on each side. The trunk has a lock and key that was added to it in the 1940s.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Jean Gaze, 2006
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 615 mm (Height), 1040 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: immigration, immigrant voyages, immigrant shipping, scottish communities, scottish immigration, luggage, brought goods, shipping industry, tuberculosis
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Travel - Brought Goods
Tertiary Classification: luggage
Inscriptions: Text, lid of trunk: CHAs. GRANT/PASSENGER TO/MELBOURNE/NOT WANTED DURING/THE VOYAGE.
User: Charles Grant, 1858

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