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Chair - Rocking, Child's, circa 1840 or later Object Reg. No: ST 034189

Summary:
Child's wooden rocking chair with cane seat. Initial information indicated it was made in England in 1840 and brought to Australia by Captain George Wadsworth for his daughter Elizabeth. However, according to a family member who visited Scienceworks in 1995, the chair was made by a convict in Longford, Tasmania. Elizabeth was born in Longford in 1868. (More detailed information about the chair and the family can be found in the supplementary file at Museum Victoria.)
Description:
Small wooden rocking chair with cane seat. Has turned legs, dowel back, bentwood arms. Dark lacquer in indifferent condition. Original pin striping visible.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Ruby Spencer, 1983
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 68 cm (Height), 42 cm (Width), 51 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: furnishings, convicts, rocking chairs
Themes this item is part of: Domestic & Community Life Collection
Primary Classification: DOMESTIC LIFE
Secondary Classification: Furniture
Tertiary Classification: seating - children's
Date Made: 1840-1868

Either made in England in 1840 or made in Tasmania for a child born in 1868.
Original Owner: Ms Elizabeth Wadsworth, Longford, Tasmania, Australia, 1868 or later

Captain Wadsworth retired from the English Army in India and settled in Australia.
Past Owner: George & Ann Wadsworth, England, Great Britain

Captain Wadsworth retired from the English Army in India and settled in Australia.
References: See Donor Questionaire

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