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Bootie Cover - Christening, Hazel Hathaway, England, circa 1940 Object Reg. No: HT 27778 3

Summary:
Child's white lace bootie cover worn by Hazel Hathaway for her christening in Coventry, England, circa 1940. They were probably also worn by Hazel's younger sister Merle for her christening, in 1948. The bootie covers were amongst many personal items brought to Australia when the Hathaway family migrated in 1951.

Stanley and Lucy (nee Simmons) Hathaway and their daughter Hazel survived World War II in heavily bombed Coventry, England, remaining there until 1946. They attended the Victory in Europe celebrations there on 8 May 1945. The Hathaways relocated to Buckinghamshire (where second daughter Merle was born in 1948) and Hampshire between 1946 and 1951, finally deciding to migrate to Australia. They applied successfully to the Assisted Passage Migration Scheme but had to wait two years before departing, living and touring England in a caravan until departing on the 'New Australia' 17 November, 1951. They first stayed at the Bathurst Migrant Camp in New South Wales before being relocated to a housing commission estate in Ballarat, Victoria. Within six months they had purchased a block of land, living in a caravan while their house was built. The family became active members of the local Ballarat community, with Lucy working for the newly established McCallum House Centre for Retarded Children at Sebastapol and continued her strong interest in the Brownies and Girl Guides associations.
Description:
Crocheted bootie cover, cream thread with lace and ribbon trim threaded through the ankle ties. The bootie is crocheted in a 'U' design of repeated rows, with extended crocheted ties, which are threaded with satin ribbon.
Statement Of Significance:
This collection represents the experiences of thousands of post-war assisted migrants from England who brought with them memories of danger, sadness, courage, austerity and celebration in both tangible and intangible forms. This family survived one of the most severe bombings of any English city during World War II and brought with them material symbols of endurance and triumph in the Victory Day dress and Union Jack flag, symbols with almost universal resonance. The collection also includes items which tell stories about the goods migrants select in order to start new lives, the adventure of the ship voyage, and the seeking of familiar interests in a new community. The collection also explores the theme of maintaining connections and loyalties to homeland, in this case through memorabilia relating to the British monarchy and exchange projects with former local communities.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Merle Hathaway, 2010
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 180 mm (Height), 130 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: celebrations, children s clothing, religions anglican, migration settlement, british immigration, brought goods, migrant camps, migrant reception centres
Themes this item is part of: Clothing & Textiles Collection, Migration Collection, Hathaway Family, Assisted English Migrants, 1951, Post World War II British Migration to Australia
Primary Classification: CELEBRATIONS & TRADITIONS
Secondary Classification: Baptisms & Christenings
Tertiary Classification: clothing
User: Hazel Hathaway, Coventry, England, Great Britain, circa 1940
User (Probable): Merle Hathaway, England, Great Britain, circa 1948

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