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Title Child’s Scottish Costume
Date c.1917
Document Type Object
Reference SH 870036
Library / Archive Museums Victoria
Collection Name Personal Stories Collections
Description Traditional Scottish Highland's costume worn by Lorna McDonald for dance performances in Nullawil and Wycheproof in northern Victoria around 1917. This included a World War I fundraisng event in Wycheproof in 1917. The costume consists of: 1) Tartan ribbons. 2) Tartan kilt in McDonald tartan, with silk lining around the waist, four ribbon rosettes held onto the front of the kilt by four diamond-shaped silver buttons with a thistle emblem on each. Made by Scovell and Spurling Pty. Ltd., Footscray. 3) Fitted black velvet jacket, cord trim on sleeves, neck, pockets and front opening, braided cord across the shoulders, diamond-shaped buttons. Made by Scovell and Spurling Pty. Ltd., Footscray. 4) Black velvet waistcoat with silver-coloured diamond-shaped buttons. 5) Plaid tartan shawl in McDonald tartan. 6) Pair of tartan woollen socks. 7) Lace collar with scalloped edges and rectangular inserts. 8) Bonnet with traditional badge and magpie feather. 9) Pair of black leather Scottish dancing shoes.
Biographical Note / History The costume, which comprises ten parts, is almost identical to one worn by Lorna McDonald's twin sister Mavis which was acquired by the Museum from the sisters' daughter/aunt in 2013. The sisters' grandparents migrated from Scotland in the 1850s and were the daughters of Neil and Annie May McDonald. Neil McDonald's parents migrated from Scotland in the 1850s and the family settled in the Nullawil and Wycheproof region of northern Victoria. Neil was first a farmer in Nullawil and then owned a general store there, along with his father and his brother. When his brother George opened a larger store in Wycheproof, Neil joined him there until he opened his own store in Marnoo. Sadly he died from influenza in 1919. Neil and wife Annie May's daughters, Lorna and Mavis McDonald, frequently wore their traditional Scottish Highland's costumes at community events demonstrating traditional Highland dancing. Highland dance refers to a style of athletic solo dancing which developed in the Highlands of Scotland, and is often performed to the accompaniment of Highland bagpipe music. It developed into its current form during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in the context of competitions at public events, particularly the Highland Games. Highland dance has been subject to many influences from outside the Highlands. For example, it has been heavily influenced by the urban aesthetics of the patrons and judges of dance competitions since the nineteenth century.
Theme(s) Permanent Settlement and Successive Generations
Country (from) Great Britain
Country (to) Australia
Nationality Scottish
People McDonald, Lorna
Keywords emigration, immigrant, textiles, children, entertainment, object, clothing
Additional Information Please note: Some of the metadata for this document has been taken from the Museum Victoria catalogue.
Catalogue Link Museums Victoria Catalogue
Document(s) linked to Two Children Dressed in Scottish Dancing Costumes, Victoria
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