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Sandals - Malaccan, Wood, Straits Settlement, circa 1880 Object Reg. No: ST 018210

Summary:
Pair of Malaccan sandals cut from a single piece of wood. Exhibited in the Straits Settlement display at the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition.

The Official Catalogue of the 1880 Exhibition lists 'native shoes' from Malacca in the Straits Settlements exhibits Class 38 - Clothing for Both Sexes (p 625). The 'native shoes' were submitted by two exhibitors: W. Rodyk and Tan Tek Guan. The Straits Settlement display was described in the official catalogue as: '. . . one of the least attractive in outward appearance of any in the Exhibition, though very instructive to those who cared to study the capacities and progress of Singapore.'
Description:
Pair of sandals cut from single piece of wood with block under heel and toe. Fitted with horn peg to go between the toes.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from J. Westerhout, 1881
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 8.50 cm (Height), 9.00 cm (Width), 23.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: exhibitions melbourne international 1880-1881
Themes this item is part of: Royal Exhibition Building Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Melbourne International Exhibition 1880
Tertiary Classification: exhibition heritage
Inscriptions: Burnt into top of each sandal: Malacca Sandal
Place & Date Exhibited: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1880-1881

Exhibited at the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition.
Place & Date Manufactured: Malacca, Straits Settlements (Malaysia), circa 1880
Exhibitor: W. Rodyk, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1880-1881
Exhibitor: Tan Tek Guan, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1880-1881

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