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Title Green Metal Travel Bath
Date c.1852
Document Type Object
Reference HT 19350
Library / Archive Museums Victoria
Collection Name Personal Stories Collections
Description Green painted metal travel bath with lid brought to Australia by the Davies family, immigrating during the mid-nineteenth century. Sheet iron container with sealable lid. Primarily oval in shape which at the rear widens to a horizontal edged finish. Lid is constructed of two sections joined at 305mm from rear edge by a three hinged system. The bath's body tapers to a circumferential base of 1675mm with an additional foot section of approximately 60mm. The lid is secured via a key lock fastening device centrally positioned at the Bath's front edge. Furthermore, on the Bath's sides are two corresponding handles measuring 50 x 25mm that would have accommodated an additional strap to secure the lid when the object was in transit.
Biographical Note / History On 15 December 1852, John Francis Davies, accompanied by his wife Maria Bele and their three daughters, Martha Jane, Emily Eleanor and Maria, plus Martha's husband William Piper Brown, emigrated from England and arrived in Melbourne in April 1853. In England, John had owned a factory manufacturing shoes and thus his journey encompassed the transportation of his personal belongings, including family artefacts, silk paintings and household furniture. Family lore recalls the travel bath travelling with the family from England and it being used en-route as both travel bath and travel trunk. Furthermore, this is an object which has passed through several generations, and the donor's family recalls the bath from around the1920s as being a functional everyday object for family bathing.
Theme(s) Permanent Settlement and Successive Generations
Country (from) Great Britain
Country (to) Australia
Nationality English
People Davies, John Francis; Davies, Maria Bele; Davies, Martha Jane; Davies, Emily Eleanor; Davies, Maria; Piper Brown, William
Keywords emigration, sanitation, object
Additional Information The bath exhibits various scratches and rust pockets. Additionally, centrally located on the right side towards the baseline, is an indentation of approximately 140 x 110mm in size. Please note: Some of the metadata for this document has been taken from the Museum Victoria catalogue.
Catalogue Link Museums Victoria Catalogue
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