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Parasol

From the Collection of Brighton Historical Society First Floor Brighton Arts and Cultural Centre (Old Brighton Town Hall) Corner Carpenter and Wilson Streets Brighton Victoria

Description
A grey silk parasol with mauve stripe decoration, wooden handle and brass fittings from the late 19th century.
The handle appears to be missing a decorative finish from the end.
Object Registration
T0005.3
Keywords
clara miller, mr james bell, woolbrook, septimus miller, henry 'money' miller, gwendoline miller, findon, cantala, ronald miller, late 1900's
Historical information
Clara Miller nee Bell (1867 - 1910) was the only daughter of Mr James Bell a local shire Councillor and prominent family of Woolbrook, Teesdale, near Geelong. Clara was also the first wife of prominent businessman, racehorse owner, racing identity and pastorialist Septimus Miller (1854 - 1925). Septimus Miller was the sixth child of seven children to Henry 'Money' Miller and Eliza Miller nee Mattinson. 'Money' Miller was a well known financier and politician and reputedly one of Australia's wealthiest people, the family home was Findon . Clara and Septimus married in 1888, and one daughter Gwendoline (1889 - 1902) who died at a young age of Diabetes. In 1889 the family moved to their new house 'Cantala' in Dandenong Rd Caulfield. Clara died in 1910 and Septimus remarried, Helen nee Henderson, and had a son Ronald (1915 - 1990). Upon Clara's death some of her clothes and those of Gwendoline were passed to members of Clara's family.
When Made
late 19th century
Significance
This parasol was owned and used by Clara Miller in Melbourne in the late 19th century.
Inscriptions & Markings
Mrs. S. Miller, Cantala, Caulfield.
Last updated
9 Oct 2018 at 12:15PM