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Travel Bath - Metal, Green, circa 1852 Object Reg. No: HT 19350

Alternative Name(s): Travelling Bath

Green painted metal travel bath with lid brought to Australia by the Davies family, immigrating during the mid nineteenth century. On the 15th December 1852, John Francis Davies, accompanied by his wife Maria Bele and their three daughters, Martha Jane, Emily Eleanor and Maria, plus Martha's husband William Piper Brown, emigrated from England and arrived in Melbourne in April 1853. In England, John had owned a factory manufacturing shoes and thus his journey encompassed the transportation of his personal belongings, including family artefacts, silk paintings and household furniture.

Family lore, recalls the travel bath travelling with the family from England and it being used en-route as both travel bath and travel trunk. Furthermore, this is an object which has passed through several generations, and the donor's family recalls the bath from around the1920s as being a functional everyday object for family bathing.
Sheet iron container with sealable lid. Primarily oval in shape which at the rear widens to a horizontal edged finish (toilet seat shape). Lid is constructed of two sections joined at 305mm from rear edge by a three hinged system. The bath's body tapers to a circumferential base of 1675mm with an additional foot section of approximately 60mm.
The lid is secured via a key lock fastening device centrally positioned at the Bath's front edge. Furthermore, on the Bath's sides are two corresponding handles measuring 50 x 25mm that would have accommodated an additional strap to secure lid when object was in transit.
Object is painted green, and exhibits various scratches and rust pockets. Additionally, centrally located on the right side towards the baseline, is an indentation of approximately 140 x 110mm in size.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Leonard Ashburner, 2007
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 270 mm (Height), 698 mm (Width), 814 mm (Length)
Dimension Comment: For display, with lid 2/3 open, the height is 700

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Tagged with: bathing, english immigration, healthcare medicine, personal grooming, personal hygiene, sanitation
Themes this item is part of: Health & Hygiene in Nineteenth Century England, Davies Family - Travel Bath Owners, Medicine in Society Collection, Migration Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Travel - Brought Goods
Tertiary Classification: grooming & hygiene
Original Owner: Mr John Davies, England, Great Britain, 1850s
Past Owner or User: Emily Davies, Prahran, Victoria, Australia, 1850s-1920s
User: Mr John Davies, Victoria, Australia, 1850s-1930s
References: See Notes Field for extensive listing.

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