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Tin - Pen Nibs, Embroidery Pattern Printing Device, circa 1959 Object Reg. No: SH 991043

Pen Nibs used to print patterns onto fabric for embroidery. They were brought to Australia by Zsofia Molnar, when she migrated in 1959, as she hoped to make embroidery to sell, using traditional Hungarian patterns. Zsofia and her husband Sandor, were sponsored by their daughter Ella Toth, who had migrated to Australia, with her husband Josef and brother Imre, in 1957 after fleeing the Soviet invasion of Hungary.

Zsofia never made embroidery to sell, although she and Ella did make embroidery for family members and for sale in Hungarian church fetes. Their embroidery was also an important way of preserving their Hungarian culture. Zsofia and Sandor lived with Ella and Josef, first in a house in Surrey Hills then later in Box Hill. Zsofia would look after her granddaughter Sue, while Ella and Josef were at work. Zsofia and Sandor both lived until their 90s, and never wanted to return to Hungary.
Contains two pen nibs for the Embroidery Pattern Printing Device
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Ella Toth, 1999
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 15 mm (Height), 32 mm (Width), 63 mm (Length)
Dimension Comment: lid closed

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Tagged with: embroidery patterns, hungarian communities, hungarian immigration
Themes this item is part of: Getting In, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 2003-2015
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Travel - Brought Goods
Tertiary Classification: tools of trade
Place Made: Hungary, circa 1959
User: Zsofia Molnar, Victoria, Australia, circa 1960s

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