Anne Trotter’s needlework specimen book, 1840

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 05:30 PM


Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson St
Carlton, Victoria 3053
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Fiona Kinsey

Arriving in Port Phillip in 1844, Irish-born Anne Trotter was one of many emigrants deemed suitable for assisted passage to Australia. Among the possessions she packed in her trunk to start a new life was her needlework specimen book containing simple sewing exercises and finely stitched miniature shirts and dresses.

Laura Jocic, Research Associate at Museums Victoria and independent curator, examines the meaning and value of this precious book for its maker, the formal schooling young working-class women received in 19th century Britain and Ireland, and the skills that they brought to Australia. 

This is the first Museums Victoria Humanities department lecture for 2018. Each lecture now attracts a small cover charge, so attendees need to reserve their seat using the Museum's online booking system.

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