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Whistle - Clown, Porcelain, circa 1880 (Damaged) Archaeology 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)

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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: ornament
Trench Unit Number: 04/29/78

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