Similar items over time

Postcard - Souvenir from Ballarat, 'Statuary in Stewart Street', To J.B. Scott from Marion Flinn, Melbourne, 20 Sep 1904 Document Reg. No: HT 29030

Postcard featuring black and white images of Burns, Queen Victoria and Moore Statuaries in Stewart Street in Ballarat. The postcard also 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 statues of Burns, Queen Victoria and Moore in Sturt Street, Ballarat. Hand writing around the image. Reverse side with hand written address and date stamp. One of the two 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: 91 mm (Height), 139 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: landscape

More information

Tagged with: postcards, correspondence, scottish communities, scottish immigration, statues, queen victoria, burns
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, HM Queen Victoria (1819-1901)
Primary Classification: COMMUNICATIONS
Secondary Classification: Postal
Tertiary Classification: correspondence
Inscriptions: Printed: Souvenir from Ballarat. Burns, Queen Victoria, Moore, Statuary in Sturt Street.

Handwritten text: Melbourne 20.9.1904
'My dear Cousin- Although my cards had not reached- yours came as sure as the mail. Many thanks for always remembering. I do so enjoy your pretty cards, and this one that came from I soon today with Edinburgh views is very dainty and it was with my dear Janet I visited these and places. Surely there are not many towns more beautiful than our Scots capital! We have been so worried lately about my Aunt's health. I think I told you last week I had a letter from her today and was so glad she is keeping better. My mother and I are very anxious for her to come out here and stay with us. It grieves us dreadfully to think of her so alone and often ill. We are in the midst of spring cleaning and so very busy. Excuse me if my card is muddled & think of the dust that has and will be circling around my head! My best love to Agnes, the girls Wee Jim and big, Marion'

Mr J. B. Scott
12 Hillview
Sender: Marion Flinn, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 20 Sep 1904
Addressed To: Mr James Scott, Paisley, Scotland, 20 Sep 1904
Person Depicted: Mr Thomas (Tom) Moore, Scotland, circa 1820
Person Depicted: HM Queen Victoria, England, Great Britain, cirac 1890
Person Depicted: Mr Robert (Bobbie) Burns, Scotland, circa 1780s

Add your comment

  • Museum Victoria does not provide valuations, for more information please visit the valuation infosheet
  • Please note that Museum Victoria staff will not normally respond to comments posted on our website.
Yes No