Biographical notes, Elizabeth (Bessie) McGowan ; 2013; MT2014.9.1


Biographical notes, Elizabeth (Bessie) McGowan

About this object

Biographical notes about Miss Elizabeth (Bessie) McGowan; compiled by the McGowan family. 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.

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Place Made

New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Mataura

Place Notes

Compiled for the McGowan family reunion which was held in Mataura over Labour Weekend in October 2013.

Medium and Materials

processed materials, fibre, paper


l 300mm x w 210mm

Credit Line

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

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