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Whistle - Lead, circa 1850s Object Reg. No: ST 037858

Summary:
Lead whistle with halyard, which is believed to have originally belonged to the donor's ancestor, who's surname was Best-Finch, who arrived in Adelaide in the late 1850s and travelled overland to Maryborough in search of gold. It has been passed down through the family since that time.
Description:
Small led whistle
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr R. Copeland
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 1.0 cm (Width), 5.0 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: immigration, settlement, travel, brought goods, whistles
Themes this item is part of: Childhood & Youth Collection, Migration Collection
Primary Classification: GAMES & TOYS
Secondary Classification: Amusements
Tertiary Classification: whistles
Inscriptions: No markings.
Place & Date Used: Australia, circa 1850
References: Note: little information is available on the ancestor who brought this whistle to Australia. As with many family memories, the information provided may not be quite correct.
For instance the Pioneer Families in Victoria web site (http://mepnab.netau.net/f/f05.html, accessed 10/6/2010) provides the following possibility:
William French (Finch) came as a single male on the barque Bussorah Merchant, and arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia on 10th November 1848. He married Elizabeth Best (circa 1824 - 1880), who had arrived in Australia from Sussex circa 1855.
They lived at Carisbrook and later at Majorca, and had ten children including Richard, Robart and Charles Best Finch.

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