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Miniature serving spoon from child's tea set

Date: c 1909
Overall: 50 × 13 × 1 mm, 1 g
Medium: Tin
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Gary McPherson
Object Name: Spoon
Object No: 00028027

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    This serving spoon is part of a miniature tea set brought to Australia by British child migrant Lily Knapton in 1909. Lily migrated to Australia with her mother on SS RUNIC. They were one of many British families who migrated to take advantage of opportunities in the newly-created Federation of Australia.
    SignificanceThe toy spoon is part of a collection of personal possessions brought to Australia by British child migrant Lily Knapton in 1909. It provides a rare insight into the nature of childhood and children's journeys from Britain in the early 1900s.
    HistoryThe Immigration Restriction Act 1901 was the first major piece of legislation passed by Australia's new federal parliament. The Act placed certain restrictions on immigration and reflected the government's desire to build a white Australia.

    The government's preference was for immigrants from Britain and it offered cheap fares to attract them to Australia. Many Britons saw emigration as a chance to find work and establish a new life.

    In 1909 eight-year-old Lily Knapton and her mother departed Liverpool on the White Star liner SS RUNIC. They were migrating to Australia to join Lily's father, who was working as a tailor in Melbourne, Victoria. From 1901 to 1930 RUNIC operated a regular migrant service from Liverpool to Sydney.

    Lily brought her favourite toys, clothes and school books with her. She kept them all her life as souvenirs of her former life in Britain and her childhood voyage on SS RUNIC.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: Miniature serving spoon from child's tea set

    Assigned title: Löffel eines Kinder Puppe Teeset - Besitzer Lily Knapton damals Kind Emigrant

    Assigned title: Lepeltje van een kinder poppentheeset - eigenares Lily Knapton toendertijd kind emigrant

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