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Pipe - Clay, circa 1880 (Part) Archaeology Reg. No: LL 60713

Summary:
This clay tobacco pipe stem fragment was excavated at Casselden Place in 2003.

Cultural diversity in Little Lon.
Little Lon was home to a diverse population. Germans, Jews and Irish arrived in the mid 19th century; Chinese, southern Europeans and Syrians (Lebanese) in the 1880s; and Italians in the 1890s. Immigrants sometimes brought objects with them to remind them of home, or purchased new items that re-affirmed national loyalties. Pipes, vases or plates were decorated with flags, military heroes, an Irish lyre or English roses. The amount of foreign currency excavated also attests to diversity of the immigrants who frequented Little Lon.

A pipeful of tobacco was long-lasting and its aroma disguised the stench of Melbourne's streets. The short clay pipe favoured by working men was called a 'cutty'. Being made of brittle clay, these pipes broke easily, explaining the abundance of fragments uncovered at Little Lon. Of the pipes excavated, many were decorated with slogans, patriotic symbols, even jokes and caricatures, hinting at the identities of those who smoked them.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical

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Tagged with: making history - little lonsdale street
Themes this item is part of: Little Lon, Little Lon Collection
Primary Classification: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Secondary Classification: (To Be Classified)
Tertiary Classification: (to be classified)
Activity: recreation
Specific Activity: smoking
Lot Area Unit: 83A/83B/7/144
Inscriptions: Mark 384
Inscription on other side: VIVA ITALIA

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