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Apron - Embroidered, London-Australia Air Race, Peach Cotton, 1934 Object Reg. No: SH 880666

This apron, embroidered in 1934, commemorates the London to Australia air race, one of the more ambitious celebratory events held during Melbourne's centenary year. It saw 20 aeroplanes set out from Mildenhall near London for Flemington Racecourse. The event was proposed by Melbourne's Lord Mayor Harold Gengoult-Smith in 1930, who perceived it as a means to demonstrate Australia's close link with England. A sponsor was sought and found in the chocolate manufacturer and self-promoter Sir Macpherson Robertson. He stipulated that the race be named after him and that it 'be organised to be as safe as possible'. Twelve of the 20 competitors made it safely to Melbourne. The winning crew of Charles Scott and Tom Campbell Black, flying the Comet 'Grosvenor House', completed the course in just under three days.
Hand-embroidered apron commemorating the London-Australia air race in 1934. Peach coloured cotton with purple border; brown embroidered aeroplane, outline of Australia and Great Britain on two pockets. Red, mauve, purple, yellow, peach flowers in lazy daisy stitch with black long stitch centres, other work in stem stitch and blanket stitch.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 65.00 cm (Height), 71.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: air races, aviation, celebrations, centennial air race london to melbourne 1934, clothing patterns, domestic equipment, embroidery patterns, handcrafts, melbourne centenary 1935, victoria centenary 1934-1935
Themes this item is part of: Clothing & Textiles Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Transport Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Centenary of Victoria
Tertiary Classification: souvenirs
Place & Date Depicted: Australia, 1934
Place & Date Depicted: England, Great Britain, 1934
Date Made: Victoria, Australia, 1934
References: 'The MacRobertson International Air Races of 1934: a centenary celebration and a forgotten trophy', Australian Antique Collector, June-Dec. 2000
  1. [Article] Cavill, Kenneth. 2000. The MacRobertson International Air Races of 1934 : a Centenary Celebration and a Forgotten Trophy. Australian Antique Collector. (June-December 2000)
  2. [Article] Jewell, Raymond T. 1988. The MacRobertson (Victorian) Centenary Air Race. Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia. 4 (March): 3-11.

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