Doily; McGowan, Elizabeth [Bessie]; 1900-1927; MT2014.8.7


Mataura Museum



About this object

Doily; oval crocheted doily with a pineapple pattern. This doily was crocheted by Miss Bessie McGowan who was one of 6 daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel McGowan of 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 Dunedin Exhibition. Bessie died in 1927, aged 46.


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 300m x w 200mm

Subject and Association Keywords

household textiles

Subject and Association Description

MT2014.9.1 there is 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


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