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Embroidered apron depicting Amy Johnson in a bi-plane above a world globe, as well as scrolls containing "Johnnie

Embroidered apron depicting Amy Johnson in a bi-plane above a world globe, as well as scrolls containing "Johnnie's Souvenir - 1930", "England" and "Australia".

Object type
Aprons

Object number
1999.0025.0016

Description
A green and beige apron with an orange crocheted border. It has one pocket and no ties for the waist or neck. It has an embroidered design depicting Amy Johnson in a bi-plane above a world globe, as well as scrolls with "Johnnie's Souvenir - 1930", "England" and "Australia".

Collection name
Barbara Ross collection no. 2

Collection statement of significance
The Barbara Ross Collection comprises nine examples of Australian needlework made from commerical embroidery kits or in accordance with published embroidery patterns. These unprovenced items were produced in the 1930s, 40s and 50s and commemorated important national events or illustrated fashionable Australian designs. They represent a once popular, and predominantly female pastime that an enjoyable and creative extension of daily sewing chores. They also reveal the types of themes and events that were popular subjects of Australian needlework.

The Barbara Ross Collection also includes fourteen pieces of imported souvenir ware that depict a diverse range of Australian war memorials. These items were produced between the early 1930s and mid 1950s by English, Japanese, and Czechoslovakian firms, and were sold at Australian souvenir stores. War memorials were a community statement of bereavement and pride, and by the 1940s they were still Austrlaia's newest and most prolific form of monument. War memorials were therefor depicted widely on souvenir ware which emphasises the diversity and abundance of these commemorative sites.

Date made
1925 - 1930

Subject
Miss Amy Johnson

Place of event
England

Place of event
Australia

Date of event
1930

Materials
Cotton cloth

Dimensions
Width: 550mm
Height: 805mm



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