Historical information

Given to Nell (Helen) Mitchell, daughter of Charlie Mitchell, and her husband John Macpherson Smith as a wedding gift from he emloyees of Cave Hill, Lilydale 19 June 1935.


Historic significance related to Cave Hill Quarry, a major enterprise in Lilydale which has existed since the mid 1800s and was founded by David Mitchell, father of Dame Nellie Melba (opera singer). Cave Hill Quarry was a major employer in the area. The Museum also holds a humidifier made by the engineer at Cave Hill Quarry for Dame Nellie Melba as a gift.
Significance also related to David Mitchell and Dame Nellie Melba and Mitchell family. Nell Mitchell was David Mitchell's grand-daughter and Nellie Melba's niece (Charlie Mitchell Melba's brother).

Physical description

.1 Electroplated nickel silver teapot with wicker handle. Hinged lid, scalloped rim, four feet and an acanthus leaf spout.
.2 Electroplated nickel silver tipping stand
.3 Oil burner

Inscriptions & markings

On lid: Presented to Miss Nell Mitchell on the occasion of her marriage to Mr John Macpherson Smith from the employees of Cave Hill. Lillydale. June 19 - 1935
On bottom: D/ TN/- 10Y10Y? Dunklings Melbourne EPNS 5489 Made in England