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Hat - Sun, White Cotton, circa 1910 Object Reg. No: SH 880230

Summary:
Child's white cotton hat with extra brim of cotton lawn gathered to base of crown. Used circa 1910. Belonged to Elizabeth 'Betty' Anderson of 'Mynda', Molesworth Street, Kew.

Betty (Elizabeth) was the daughter of James Caldwell Anderson and Mary Lloyd Anderson, and grand-daughter of renowned architect Lloyd Tayler. Born in 1889, Betty was one of four siblings, all of whom she outlived. The family lived at 'Mynda', 5 Molesworth Street, Kew, Melbourne. Betty served in the Red Cross during World War I, although details are confined to a nurse's apron and a photograph. She never married, and lived to the age of 92, passing away in 1982.

A photograph of Betty as a child wearing a similar hat is held at the State Library of Victoria - Image H83.94/407. Museum Victoria also holds negatives of two family photographs dated to the early 20th century.
Description:
Child's white cotton hat with extra brim of stiffened machine embroidered cotton lawn gathered and attached to base of crown. Separate piece crown. Attached by six buttons of cloth covered metal - two presently missing. Interior brim has slightly wavy edge and is stiffened by two double rows of machine stitched wire inserts. Vestiges of hat elastic visible at three points on inside brim.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Elizabeth Brodribb, 1988
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 54.00 cm (Diameter)

More information

Tagged with: leisure, sun protection, millinery
Themes this item is part of: Childhood & Youth Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Anderson Family, 'Mynda', 5 Molesworth Street, Kew
Primary Classification: CLOTHING
Secondary Classification: Child
Tertiary Classification: headwear
Past Owner: Miss Elizabeth (Betty) Anderson, Kew, Victoria, Australia, circa 1910
References: Similar sun hats are illustrated in 'Spring and Summer Fasions, 1898', pp.22-23, published by the Don Cash Trading Co, Johnston Street, Collingwood (copy in Museum Victoria library).

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