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Mary Ann Taylor travel box project 13 Dec 2015 18:47 #1253

  • Jenni Ibrahim
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Busy time, I know. The lovely Fred Rea of Irish Scene magazine in Perth has another interesting community history project.
You may recall the bonnet project a few years ago. This time he's inviting Irish SIG members, in fact, any WAGS member -or others - to get involved in the Mary Anne Taylor travel box project.

Mary Ann Taylor was born in Galway, Ireland in 1835 and died in 1926, York, Western Australia, aged 92. She came to Australia on the ship Palestine in 1852 and lived in the Toodyay and York area. Her descendants live in WA today.

Prisoners in a prison in county Galway have started making replica travel boxes - much like the ones our nineteenth ancestors traveled to Australia with.
One of these is coming to Western Australia shortly and will be presented to the York museum on 8 May, as part of the Irish Famine Memorial event in WA.
There's an image of the replica box and Mary Anne and a list of its former contents in the attached poster.

Here's what was in the box:
1 shawl, 1 calico dress, 1 wrapper, 2 chemise, 1 flannel petticoat, 1 calico petticoat, 2 pair of stockings, 2 pocket handkerchiefs, 1 neck handkerchief, 1 pair of shoes,
1 bonnet trimmed, 2 caps, 1 cloth bag, 1 clothes bag, 2 lbs soap, thread and needles.

We are looking for interested volunteers to:
  • research what these items were actually like in mid nineteenth century
  • make some of these items - to be placed in the box.
The book by local author, the late Tatiana de Fircks History of Costume and Style, 1992 (on reference at State Library WA) may be of assistance, as may books in the WAGS library. This site provides links to free costume patterns www.costumingdiary.com/2010/12/free-hist...ostume-patterns.html So - interested?

The pieces need to be complete before 8 May for the ceremony. If you meet up at Christmas with friends or family members who might be interested. Please spread the word. The poster attached can be spread around. Open to WAGS and non WAGS people.

If you are even a little bit interested please contact me

Jenni Ibrahim
Irish SIG
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