Tray cloth; McGowan, Elizabeth [Bessie]; 1900-1927; MT2014.8.4

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Mataura Museum

Name/Title

Tray cloth

About this object

Tray cloth; handmade 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.

Maker

McGowan, Elizabeth [Bessie]

Maker Role

Needle worker

Date Made

1900-1927

Place Made

New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Mataura

Medium and Materials

processed material, fibre, cotton
processed material, fibre, linen

Measurements

l 470mm x w 320mm
small

Subject and Association Keywords

household textiles

Subject and Association Description

MT2014.9.1 contains 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.

Object Type

textiles

Object number

MT2014.8.4

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