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Whistle - Clown, Porcelain, circa 1880 (Damaged) Reg. No: LL 080850
- This porcelain whistle in the shape of a clown, was excavated during one of the archaeological digs conducted at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. The two holes in the clown's head suggest it is a whistle.
'When I was a child, we played in the street with hoops; we played hopscotch, and chasey, and cowboys and Indians, running right round the blocks and that. We even played marbles too.' (Marie Hayes, born and raised in Little Lon 1920-1940)
To the children who lived there, Little Lon was home. The streets and lanes were their playground - for tossing knucklebones, flicking marbles or chasing over the cobblestones. Their chants and laughter were part of the sounds of Little Lon.
- White porcelain figurine of clown - painted face, hair and buttons. Feet mmissing. Small hole in hat. Larger hole at back of head. 90% complete A ceramic whistle. Could also be a figure of a chef. Hand-painted over- glaze porcelain.
- Acquisition Information:
- Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
|Discipline:||Archaeology - Historical|
|Dimensions:||70 mm (Height), 35 mm (Width), 23 mm (Length)|
|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|
|Trench Unit Number:||04/29/78|