Bag

Production date
1940s
Country
Solomon Islands
State/Province
Isabel
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Object detail

Description
Twill woven pandanus bag with triple-stranded handle. Has previously been repaired with bandages sewn to the top of the bag, and sticking plaster used to fasten the handle
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander bag
CH classification COSTUME ACCESSORIES Female bag
Maker
Production date
1940s
Production place
Measurements
L225 x W360 x H210 mm
Length with strap 520 mm
Media/Materials description
Plant fibre, medicinal bandage, sticking plaster
Signature/Marks
2 personal bag \ Isobel \ 1940s \ Repaired by Helen \ Gifts & used for \ decades.
History and use
This object is from the Helen Barrett collection, which was donated to Queensland Museum in 2014. Miss Helen Barrett worked as a nurse with the Australian Board of Mission in Solomon Islands from 1947 until 1984. Barrett was based at Tasia in Isabel Province, and Maravovo on Guadalcanal before being stationed at the Hospital of the Epiphany at Fauabu, Malaita from 1968 until 1984. In the 1990s, Barrett worked with the Mothers Union in the Torres Strait Islands. Her collection largely comprises of objects that were presented as gifts over the course of her missionary work in Melanesia.

This bag was used by Helen Barrett over many decades and signs of wear and tear are evident. It has been repaired several times with bandages, tape and string.
Registration number
E40678

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