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Cream bonnet covered with stiff, coiled open weave plastic 'crinoline' ribbon


Cream bonnet covered with stiff, coiled open weave plastic 'crinoline' ribbon

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Physical description

Hand made cream bonnet covered with stiff, coiled open weave plastic 'crinoline' ribbon. Decorated with silk ribbon entwined with tubular open weave ribbon and glass beads. Front edge decorated with looped open weave ribbon and pearlescent, clear glass and black beads. Inside front decoration of black fabric, cotton machine made lace and looped tulle with silk ribbon. Cream damask ribbon, with art nouveau style motifs, as back curtain and across the crown, knotted at right side and extending to ribbon ties. The brim is boned, and covered in a black braid. Lined with fine cotton and grosgrain ribbon along edge. Inscribed on self adhesive label, left inside, pencil "102".

Statement of significance

The Springfield Collection comprises about 1550 artefacts from Springfield station, south of Goulburn. It includes colonial era costume, a bushranger medal, surveying instruments, a late-19th century landau, firearms and edged weapons, wool samples and Joseph Foveaux's pocket watch and bible. The objects are complemented by over 400 photographs. This diverse collection reflects the growth and economic success of the property, responses to changes in the wool market and the daily lives of the people who have lived on Springfield.

Springfield has grown from a 518-hectare land grant given to William Pitt Faithfull in 1828 to the current 3183 hectares with ownership remaining in the one family. William Pitt Faithfull established the Springfield Merino Stud in 1838 with ten rams selected from the Macarthur Camden Park stud. The stud evolved slowly over the years until the early 1950s when, under the management of Jim Maple-Brown, a scientific approach to wool-growing was adopted and the stud's name was changed to Fonthill to reflect this.

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