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Satchel - Brown Leather, Croatia, circa 1940s Object Reg. No: HT 952

Alternative Name(s): Briefcase
Leather satchel used by Helen Ilich during her time as a teacher in Croatia and then brought out with her to Australia, to use as a teacher in Melbourne.

Helen migrated to Melbourne from Croatia in 1953 with her two children, her husband already having arrived. She had always wanted to be an artist but rarely had the opportunity or parental support to pursue her passion. This continued in Australia but she found a degree of artistic outlet by working in three ceramic studios around Melbourne - Ellis, Isobel (a small independent business) and Guy Boyd's studio which she particularly enjoyed. Helen later joined the Heidelberg Artists' Society and taught painting at home, producing many works of her own.
Brown leather satchel, with a small handle at the top. There are two pockets on the front of the satchel and a brass clasp to hold the flap in place.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Nina Chelleri, 2002
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 24.00 cm (Height), 6.50 cm (Width), 32.50 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: artistic practices, croatian communities, croatian immigration, displaced persons, immigration, wars conflicts, world war ii 1939-1945
Themes this item is part of: Immigration & Artistic Practice Collection, Helen Ilich, Serbian Migrant & Ceramic Artist, 1953, Migration Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Travel - Brought Goods
Tertiary Classification: tools of trade
User: Helen Ilich, 1940-1996
Place & Date Used: Croatia, 1940-1955
Place & Date Used: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1955-1996

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