Apron, Sydney Harbour Bridge; 1932; 2.96B


Port Macquarie Museum


Apron, Sydney Harbour Bridge

About this object

Hand embroidered women's calico bib apron with crocheted edges and two patch pockets at front. There are no straps or ties attached at the neck or waist and no evidence that they have ever been attached.

The embroidered design includes a the Sydney Harbour Bridge within a map of Australia and text 'SYDNEY' surrounded by sprigs of native flowers including wattle. Below this is a boomerang shape with text 'SOUVENIR MARCH 19th 1932'. One of the pockets is embroidered with a map of Australia and text 'SYDNEY' and the other has a boomerang shape and floral sprig with text 'SOUVENIR MARCH 19th 1932'. There is a sprig of wattle embroidered near the top of the bib.

The apron commemorates the opening of Sydney's iconic harbour bridge in 1932. Whilst the provenance of this apron has been lost it evidences the many traced apron, cushion and other household textile items embroidered by Australian women to commemorate the bridge's opening.

Sydney department stores including Mark Foys Ltd. and Winns Ltd. advertised their calico aprons with traced Harbour Bridge designs in Sydney newspapers. The design of this apron appears to match that of a traced calico apron advertised by Winn Ltd. for 8.5d (reduced from 1 shilling) in The Sun newspaper on 25 February 1932, just a few weeks before the bridge was officially opened.

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Inscription and Marks

Tracing visible near right hand side underarm 'No 594'


890mm L,, 620mm W

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Donor: R Hinds

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