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Postcard - Gold Digging on Ovens River, Victoria, To James B. Scott from Chris, Melbourne, 24 Aug 1904 Document Reg. No: HT 29026

Postcard featuring black and white image of a gold digging scene on Ovens River in rural Victoria and includes a handwritten message.

It is one of sixty seven postcards dated from the 5 January 1904 to 16 April 1907, all addressed to James Baird Scott and his family living in Paisley, Scotland. Fifty three of the cards are sent from Victoria, Australia, by Marion Flinn and her family and feature Melbourne landmarks and suburbs, scenes from Victoria and New South Wales. Fourteen postcards are sent from various international locations including South Africa, Nigeria, India, Singapore and western Europe apparently by extended members of James Baird's family either holidaying or working.
Black and white postcard, with image of gold digging on Ovens River. Hand writing around the image. Reverse side with hand written address and parts of date stamp. Stamps were removed.
Statement Of Significance:
This collection of early 20th century postcards provides an invaluable pictorial record of urban and rural landscapes in Melbourne,Victoria and New South Wales. It also captures the social and political attitudes and observations of one Melbourne family, relating to domestic and social life, literature, politics, and Australian culture. Themes such as nationalism, the postiion of women and prejudices surrounding Aboriginal Australians, global shipping and communication are also referenced by both the visual iconography and the commentary on the postcards.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Moreen Shields, 2011
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 87 mm (Height), 137 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: landscape

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Tagged with: postcards, correspondence, scottish communities, scottish immigration, rivers, rural landscapes, gold mines
Themes this item is part of: Marion Scott Flinn, Second Generation Scottish Migrant, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Images & Image Making Collection, Information & Communication Collection, Leisure Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: COMMUNICATIONS
Secondary Classification: Postal
Tertiary Classification: correspondence
Inscriptions: Printed: Gold Digging on Ovens River, Victoria.

Handwritten text: 24/8/04
'My dear Cousin Jim. I shall write you a letter in a week or so, especially as you seem anxious to draw me into the correspondence dance. I was born somewhere near this water but as I cant write small and my thoughts are so big please excuse till I get some decent paper Love to you all from Chris'

Mr James B. Scott
12 Hillview
Sender: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 24 Aug 1904

From Chris
Addressed To: Mr James Scott, Paisley, Scotland, 24 Aug 1904

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