Hat Block - Wood, circa 1939-1989 Object Reg. No: SH 901963

Wooden hat block with remnant fabric.

Acquired from milliner Miss Edith M. Barnett. Miss Barnett was born in 1905 and lived at 558 Camberwell Road, Camberwell from around 1939. She was apprenticed as a milliner when she was about 16, first at Georgettes and later with Peggy Walsh. For many years Miss Barnett conducted her millinery business from her Camberwell home. She made headdresses for the National Ballet Company for many years, taught millinery at the YWCA and taught craft, especially millinery and the dressing of dolls, through the Country Women's Association (CWA). She also seems to have showed her work: in 1937 a Miss E. M. Barnett won first prize at the Royal Show for a lamp shade; in 1940 she received a Royal Show judges' award for two hand-made paper flowers in 'Art Crafts - Amateurs' section. In the 1930s and 1940s a Miss E.M. Barnett also won several prizes for cookery at the Show.
Wooden hat block with remnant fabric.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Miss Edith Barnett, 1990
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: trades, handcrafts, commerce, millinery, hat blocks
Themes this item is part of: Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: TRADES
Secondary Classification: Hat Making & Millinery
Tertiary Classification: hat blocks
User: Miss Edith Barnett, Camberwell, Victoria, Australia, 1919-1980

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