Pillow case; McGowan, Elizabeth [Bessie]; 1900-1927; MT2014.8.3


Mataura Museum


Pillow case

About this object

Pillow case; 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 with great success. 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
processed material, fibre, linen


l 800mm x w 480mm

Subject and Association Keywords

household textiles

Credit Line

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

Object Type


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