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Fishing tackle inside wooden cigar box

2005.0105.0153

Fishing tackle inside wooden cigar box

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Description

This box was with the fly fishing equipment that belonged to Thomas Lloyd Forster Rutledge, who was a keen fisherman. During the 1930s, he and some friends spent some time camping and indulging his passion for fly fishing for trout near the Crackenback river in the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales.

Physical description

A wooden cigar box with an attached flip lid that contains fishing tackle. The lid is attached to the box with a piece of white fabric glued to the lid and to the back of the box. The outside has several multi coloured manufacturer's labels over the surface.The inside is partially lined with white paper. A white label is attached to the inside of the lid and has an illustration of a woman wearing a crown seated in a landscape with the text 'LA CORONA / GRAN FABRICA DE TABACOS' above the image. The manufacturer trade name 'HABANA' is woodburnt into the front of the box. Inside the box, the fishing tackle includes a nut attached to a bolt, a piece of folded black sandpaper, two orange boxes with number 4 Knowles Automatic Strikers, two rolls of wire and two sinkers with wire and swivels. The hooks include one hook encased in a metal tube with fishing line, two hooks with mother of pearl lures, two hooks with feather lures and twenty six individual hooks in various sizes.

Statement of significance

This collection comprises over two hundred objects belonging to the Rutledge family of 'Gidleigh', a pastoralist property first established near Bungendore, NSW, in 1855. The collection includes tools used for agricultural practices, animal and household management, and equipment used for fly-fishing and horse-riding. Collectively, these objects illustrate aspects of rural life and domestic activities undertaken most notably by Jane (Jean) Ruth Morphy Forster Rutledge (1853-1932) and her son Thomas Lloyd Forster Rutledge (1889-1958) during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

This collection is illustrative of broad areas of Australian social history including pastoralism, medicine and veterinary science, and domestic and recreational lives. The land at 'Gidleigh' was first granted to Admiral Philip Parker King (1791-1856) in 1834, and was subsequently purchased in 1855 by Irish settler Thomas Rutledge (1817-1904) to run sheep and cattle. The family owned and managed the property for 150 years until 2005. This collection offers significant research potential into both rural self-sufficiency, and agricultural and veterinary technologies.

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