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Doll - Betty Perry, Pink Knitted Suit with Feather Trim, circa 1970s-1980s Object Reg. No: HT 2917

Doll in a pink knitted suit with feather trim, made by Betty, the youngest daughter of Ada Perry.

Ada Perry was an English migrant who produced a collection of handcrafts, between the 1930s and 1960s, after a buggy accident in 1928 left her unable to continue physical labour. Ada Perry had 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, which her children worked after the accident. Ada's and Betty'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. Betty cared for her mother till her death in 1962. Betty also painted and made craft work during the 1970s and 1980s, illustrating the handing down of domestic skills from mother to daughter.
Knitted doll, made from black wool. the doll has been dressed in a brown, blue and pink stripped pants and jumper. The hair has been made using black wool which has been made into two long plaits each tied with a pink and white ribbon. The eyes, nose and mouth have been embroidered using white and red wool.
Acquisition Information:
Cultural Gifts Donation from Mr Nigel Lendon, 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 5.00 cm (Height), 13.00 cm (Width), 23.50 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: toys, immigration, handcrafts, making do, rural life, settlement, english immigration, rural women
Themes this item is part of: Ada Perry Collection, Childhood & Youth Collection
Primary Classification: GAMES & TOYS
Secondary Classification: Dolls
Tertiary Classification: cloth
Maker: Ms Betty Perry, Mirboo North, Victoria, Australia, 1970s-1980s
Place & Date Used: Mirboo North, Victoria, Australia, 1970s-1980s

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