Pyjama Bag - Ada Perry, Goose, circa 1930s-1960s Object Reg. No: HT 2918

Goose pyjama bag, 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.
Pyjama bag made in the shape of a goose. The main part of the bag, the goose's body has been made from a blue and white pattern material. The goose's head and feet, both made from soft cream cotton, have been sewn to this bag. There is a strip of coloured fabric around the goose's neck and the beak has been made by sewing well yellow fabric to the head. The goose's eyes have been sewn on using black thread and there is a loop of cream cotton fabric attached to the goose's head, which serves as a handle for the bag.
Acquisition Information:
Cultural Gifts Donation from Mr Nigel Lendon, 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 15.00 cm (Width), 47.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: toys, immigration, handcrafts, bags, nightwear, 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, Clothing & Textiles Collection
Secondary Classification: Storage
Tertiary Classification: sleepwear
Maker: Mrs Ada Perry, Mirboo North, Victoria, Australia, 1930s-1960s
Place & Date Used: Mirboo North, Victoria, Australia, 1930s-1960s

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