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Registration Number: H225.3

Name or Title: "Poke" Bonnet

Classification: CH classification COSTUME Daywear woman

Brief Description: Bonnet, made of grey-green silk, with white silk lining and small cotton rope bow at nape of neck. Brim made of covered card. Bonnet worn with a matching ribbon under chin.

Collection: Clothing and Textiles

Production Date: 1840s-1850s

Materials: Indeterminate Textile (Textiles)

Measurement : L205 x W120-185 x H220 mm

History and Use: This Victorian Quaker's poke bonnet was worn by Mrs Sarah Benson Walker (1812-1893) in the 1850s in Hobart. Quakers, also known as the Society of Friends, are practising Christians who believe in an inward focus for spirituality, and therefore an outward practice of simplicity in all things, including dress. In the 19th century, Quaker women wore bonnets like these both indoors and out. This particular style of bonnet dates to the 1830s and 1840s and was worn with a dress and shawl, also held at Queensland Museum.

The majority of Quaker settlers arrived in Queensland in the 1860s, and one of the largest meeting houses in Australia is currently located in Brisbane.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.

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