Handkerchief; 2010.88.22



About this object

A silk, cream coloured handkerchief which has an embroidered design that commemorates the Australian Exhibition in 1899. It is square in shape and has a scalloped border. The main embroidery pattern reads "Auckland Exhibition 1899".
In the opposite corner is embroidered the word "Maial", which according to Mrs. Margot Colson who gifted the collection in memory of her grandmother, was the name of the daughter of Jane and Edward Wight who was born in Australia and her name was an Australian word. According to the text "Kamilaroi, and other languages" written by William Hilley the word mai-al means stranger.

Medium and Materials

Silk, embroidery thread

Inscription and Marks

"Auckland Exhibition 1899" and "Maial" embroidered on handkerchief.


290mm height x 300mm width

Subject and Association Description

Handkerchief, silk, embroidery, Auckland Exhibition 1899

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