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Mat - Ada Perry, Wool, circa 1930s-1960s Reg. No: HT 2925
- Woolen mat, 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.
- Rectangular woolen mat with scene of a two houses, one yellow the other brown, over looking a pond in which ducks are swimming. The mat has a boarder of brown and blue fabric.
- Acquisition Information:
- Cultural Gifts Donation from Mr Nigel Lendon, 2003
- Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
|Dimensions:||45.00 cm (Width), 76.50 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:||DOMESTIC LIFE|
|Tertiary Classification:||floor coverings|
|Maker:||Mrs Ada Perry, Mirboo North, Victoria, Australia, 1930s-1960s|
|Place & Date Used:||Mirboo North, Victoria, Australia, 1930s-1960s|