Table runner; McGowan, Elizabeth [Bessie]; 1900-1927; MT2014.8.1


Mataura Museum


Table runner

About this object

White table runner; hand embroidered by Miss Elizabeth (Bessie) McGowan. Bessie was one of six daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel McGowan who farmed Gowan Brae, Mataura. Because of ill health, needlework was her life's interest and she was encouraged by her family to enter her work in many different shows. In 1926 she won the silver cup for the most talented needle worker at the New Zealand and South Seas International Exhibition in Dunedin. Bessie died in 1927, aged 46.

This is one of 16 examples we have in our Collection of Bessie's needlework.


McGowan, Elizabeth [Bessie]

Maker Role

Needle worker

Date Made


Place Made

New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Mataura

Medium and Materials

processed material, fibre, cotton


l 1130mm x w 590mm

Subject and Association Keywords

household textiles

Subject and Association Description

MT2014.5.1 has a photo of Bessie's embroidery that was in the Dunedin Exhibition, as well as notes about her.

Credit Line

From the collection of the Mataura and Districts Historical Society Incorporated.

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