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Fishing flies inside bakelite box


Fishing flies inside bakelite box

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This fishing tackle 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 group and a packet of fishing flies inside a rectangular brown bakelite box with a metal hinged flip top lid. The clear plastic packet has a cream cardboard packaging label insides that partially reads 'OGDEN SMITH LTD / 62. ST. JAMES'S STREET. / LONDON. S.W.1. ENGLAND' printed in green ink. Four brown flies are in the packet with two orange and black flies. A variety of sixteen loose flies are also in the box. Two of the flies have a cream label attached through the hook with the handwritten text. The first reads 'TYPS' and the other reads 'HEWITTS'. In the centre of the box lid, a trademark was cast comprising of a rectangular border with the text 'Glazo' inside. Below the text there is an image of two hands. On the far left and right sides of the lid there are also nine vertical lines cast in relief. The text 'MADE IN U.S.A.' is cast in relief underneath the base. A piece has been snapped off the proper right corner of the lid.

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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