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Suitcase covered with brown lacquered-hessian over molded composite wooden boards

2003.0072.0001

Suitcase covered with brown lacquered-hessian over molded composite wooden boards

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Physical description

Suitcase covered with brown lacquered-hessian over molded composite wooden boards. Around the circumference of both sides and around the midpoint there are protective molded wooden rails. It has a pair of lockable sprung brass catches and a leather handle on the front. Two orange London, Midland and Scottish Railways baggage stamps are stuck to the front adjacent to the handle. The lid is hinged at the rear. The suitcase is lined with dappled green paper-covered fabric.

Statement of significance

This collection consists of two suitcases and a child's farmyard set which belonged to the Eddison family. The suitcases date from the early twentieth century while the farmyard set dates from the mid-nineteenth century. Both suitcases have sustained slight water damage. Some of the figures in the farmyard set have broken legs but overall condition of set is good.

The suitcases belonged to Walter Eddison, an Englishman who first came to Australia in 1913. The outbreak of the First World War forced the postponement of Eddison's plans to relocate his young family to Australia. Instead, he joined the AIF and served in Gallipoli and France. When Eddison finally returned to Australia with his family in 1919, he was allocated land in Canberra's Woden Valley as part of the soldier settlement scheme. Walter Eddison's story encompasses several Australian history themes - migration, war, and land settlement.

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