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Badge - 'Per Mare Per Terras', Scottish Dancing Costume, Lorna McDonald, circa 1917 Object Reg. No: SH 870036 8

Badge with the emblem of the MacDonald Clan, it contains the moto 'Per Mare Per Terras' (by sea, by land). It is part of a child's costume used in Highland dancing in Victoria, circa 1917.

Highland dance refers to a style of athletic solo dancing which developed in the Highlands of Scotland, and is often performed to the accompaniment of Highland bagpipe music. It developed into its current form during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in the context of competitions at public events, particularly the Highland games.

Highland dance has been subject to many influences from outside the Highlands. For example, it has been heavily influenced by the urban aesthetics of the patrons and judges of dance competitions since the nineteenth century.
Cast metal badge depicting an armoured hand holding an upright cross, encircled by a buckled belt enscribed with motto in relief lettering.
Acquisition Information:
Cultural Gifts Donation from Miss Betty Nixon, 1987
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 50 mm (Height), 40 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: jewellery, entertainment, leisure activities, scottish communities, scottish cultural activities, scottish immigration, dancing
Themes this item is part of: Childhood & Youth Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Leisure Collection
Secondary Classification: Child
Tertiary Classification: ensembles
Inscriptions: Cast into badge: "PER MARE PER TERRAS"
Place & Date Made: Victoria, Australia, circa 1917
Date Used: Victoria, Australia, circa 1917
References: See Parent Record

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