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Christening Gown - White Cotton Lawn, 1780 Object Reg. No: SH 900198

Plain, sleeveless hand sewn cotton christening robe, made in 1780. It was used by Stephen Robinson Turner, an English migrant who arrived in Melbourne from England with his family in 1862. He lived at 'Glenburnie' in Kilmore, until 1888 when they sold the property. In 1893 Stephen withdrew all his money from the bank in sovereigns and travelled to New Zealand in order to weather the financial troubles in Victoria at that time. He then took his family to Europe to find his son a cure for haemophaelia, returning to Australia in the late 1890s and purchasing 'Overdale' in Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria.
Plain, sleeveless cotton christening robe, falling straight from a high waist. Hand sewn, but unembroidered - utilitarian style. Simple rounded neckline front and back with thin shoulder straps merely a continuation of the 5mm neckline edging. The robe is opened down the centre back to 27cm and has torn a further 11.5cm. Some repair work here. The opening is fastened with draw ties at the neckline and waist; a bone button (7mm diameter) and edged buttonhole used between these ties. At the bottom of the intended opening, 2 corresponding 1cm holes suggest another faster was used here - or heavy reinforced sewing, which has pulled out. Hem turn 2.5cm
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs M. Heather
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 92.00 cm (Height), 37.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: immigration, religions, ceremonies, ceremonial costumes, rites of passage
Themes this item is part of: Childhood & Youth Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Migration Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: CELEBRATIONS & TRADITIONS
Secondary Classification: Baptisms & Christenings
Tertiary Classification: clothing
Date Made: 1780
References: SLV: Turner family papers, 1714-1950; including those of Stephen Robinson Turner 1888-1963 of "Glenburnie" in Victoria; covers the families' early history in Cam Parish, Gloucester, England, 1714-1860; including Cam Parish indentures, inventories and Will; also includes Turner family ledgers and diaries, 1856-1946. Marriage certificate of Stephen Robinson Turner and Elizabeth Jane Hartwell, family photograph album, and research into the family genealogy.

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