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Title Child's White Cotton Dress
Date 1842-1845
Document Type Object
Reference SH 991001
Library / Archive Museums Victoria
Collection Name Personal Stories Collections
Description White cotton dress with extensive broderie anglaise on bodice, belt and skirt. The skirt is gathered to the waist with a scallopped hem. Short sleeves, gathered to cuff and shoulder; boat neckline. V-line bodice.
Biographical Note / History Believed to have been made in Victoria for Mary Ann Fleming, daughter of Scottish immigrants Janet Robertson and Robert Fleming, who arrived in Van Dieman's Land in 1830. In 1836 Janet and Robert crossed Bass Strait to Victoria with their two sons and two ex-convict servants. They bought land in Collins Street in Melbourne's first land sale on 1 June 1837. Less than one week later, Janet gave birth to another son. She gave birth to six more children, of whom four died before the age of three. Janet herself died at the age of 48, in 1856. Robert Fleming grazed sheep on the land that is now Flemington Racecourse. Janet and Robert's daughters were Janet Cleghorn (1830-pre-1836), Janet (1839-1910), Mary Ann (1840-1913) and Elizabeth (1843-1844). The child's dress was made in Australia following traditions brought from Scotland. It was passed down through the family.
Theme(s) Permanent Settlement and Successive Generations
Places Tasmania, Victoria, Australia
Nationality Scottish
People Fleming, Mary Ann
Keywords clothing, children, object, textiles
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 Silk Wedding Dress
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