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Cat - Ada Perry, Dark Purple Velvet, circa 1930s-1960s Reg. No: HT 2904
- Purple Velvet Cat, from a collection of handcrafts, produced by English migrant Ada Perry, between the 1930s and 1960s. Ada Perry migrated to Australia as a widow with eight children in 1924. She struggled to work a piece of isolated government allocated land at Mirboo North, until 1928 when a buggy accident left her unable to continue physical labour, so she created craft items, while her children worked the land. The items in the Museum's collection are prototypes, as she kept the first of anything she created for her children and then gave away the rest. All Ada's handcrafts were made using available scraps or reusing old clothes, providing insight into a domestic environment where subsistence was a struggle and where 'making do' was a matter of course.
- Soft toy cat made from dark purple velvet, which has been embroidered around the outside with a blanket stitch in pink wool. The eyebrows, nose and mouth have been embroidered in pink. Whiskers have been attached to the cat's face and brass buttons have been used for the eyes. The cat also wears a pink and cream stripped bow tie.
- Acquisition Information:
- Cultural Gifts Donation from Mr Nigel Lendon, 2003
- Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
|Dimensions:||8.00 cm (Width), 12.50 cm (Length)|
|Tagged with:||toys, immigration, handcrafts, making do, rural life, settlement, great depression 1929-1939, english immigration, rural women|
|Themes this item is part of:||Ada Perry Collection, Childhood & Youth Collection|
|Primary Classification:||GAMES & TOYS|
|Secondary Classification:||Animal Toys|
|Maker:||Mrs Ada Perry, Mirboo North, Victoria, Australia, 1930s-1960s|
|Place & Date Used:||Mirboo North, Victoria, Australia, 1930s-1960s|