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Travel Basket - Wicker, circa 1865-1872 Object Reg. No: HT 22374

Two-part brown wicker travel basket, which was brought to Australia by Margaret Henderson Miller (1825-1925), when she migrated with her husband James (1815-1892), daughter Martha (1853-1930) and family from Scotland in 1872. The basket has been passed down through the Miller family generations to James and Margaret Miller's great grandson Mick Miller.

In 1876 Martha Miller married Scottish migrant David Yuile (1849-1889). Samuel Henderson (Margaret Henderson Miller's brother) was David Yuile's older cousin. Samuel owned Myrtlebank, a property in Footscray on the Maribyrnong River which ran a piggery. David had lived and worked at Myrtlebank for a few months after arriving in Melbourne in 1873, and the Miller's also resided as house guests at Myrtlebank for extended periods.
Wicker travel basket consisting of two parts. The base container is rectangular in shape with rounded, reinforced leather corners. The top container fits over the top of the base, creating an enclosed container. It too has rounded, reinforced leather corners. Both ends of the outer container have the initial 'M' is painted over the wicker surface.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mick Miller, 2008
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 255 mm (Height), 355 mm (Width), 610 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: immigration, settlement, scottish communities, scottish cultural activities, scottish immigration, luggage, 1 or 1 1, 1 1, 1 and 1 1
Themes this item is part of: Transport Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Travel - Brought Goods
Tertiary Classification: luggage
Inscriptions: Painted on each end of basket lid in black paint: "M".
Place & Date Purchased: Scotland, circa 1865-1872
Place & Date Used: Margaret Miller, Australia, 1872
References: Annotated summary transcript of the David Yuile diary, including overview of diary, biography of David Yuile the author, and narrative outlining findings from family history research. Research by Gary Presland, identifying nature and location of the Henderson property Myrtle Bank (owned by Martha Henderson Miller's brother and where David Yuile worked after arriving in Melbourne).

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