Wooden tray

Production date
1948-1950
Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
Carved wooden tray with handle at each end, varnished. Geometric and floral designs carved into tray base
Classification
CH classification HANDCRAFTS Carving
CH classification DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT Food and Drink Consumption tray
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Measurements
L633 x W317 x H74 mm
Media/Materials description
Wood
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.

The tray was made in Brisbane at a craft workshop set up to teach new skills to soldiers who had returnd from World War 2.
Registration number
H48830

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