Sewing machine; J. Silberberg; c. 1870; 500/078


Moruya and District Historical Society Museum


Sewing machine

About this object

An early chain stitch machine whereby one thread forms a chain/loop stitch.

The machine most likely would have been manufactured in England, or Germany.Distributed by J Silberberg, a company founded in 1855.


J. Silberberg

Maker Role


Date Made

c. 1870

Place Made

Hamburg, Germany


Base 330 mm x 200 mm
Machine length 280 mm
Height 250 mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Anderson family

Subject and Association Keywords

Highlights of the Museum

Subject and Association Description

This machine was reputedly brought to Australia from Ireland 128 years ago in 1890 by Mrs Jane Duncan (nee Anderson). When she died in 1939 aged 83 it was bequeathed to Eleanor Hawdon (her cousin by marriage). Eleanor’s husband Cliff Evans donated the machine to the Museum.

The machine was used continuously for sewing and mending clothes over generations.

It represents the era when mothers, wives and daughters sewed and mended clothes before the modern mass produced ‘off-the-shelf’ clothing era.

Credit Line

Donor: Duncan family

Object Type

sewing machine

Object number


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