From the Collection of National Wool Museum 26 Moorabool Street Geelong Victoria
- Cream coloured shirt with black and red single thread verticle stripes.“Grandpa” collar (with 1 of its 2 supplied add-on collars included). French cuffs. Sold with 2 add-on collars, hence both ends of the collar have buttonholes to take a stud, and a partially-opened button-hole is at the centre of the neck on the outside of the collar for a second stud.
- 600 x 600 x 50 (h, w, d in mm)
- Male wool shirt made in Bradford, U.K. The shirt is cut from first fabric woven from traceable 100% Australian wool. Bradford Mills are different to Australian mills in that the entire process of producing worsted material does not take place at the one firm/factory. Rather it is split, meaning that each step in the process of manufacture is handled by a separate firm. The wool goes from merchants to combers to produce tops, the tops to spinners to produce yarn and then the yarn is sold to manufactures who weave it into cloth. Before they do so they have to have sizers come in. After the weaving is done the cloth has to be sent to the dryers and finishers, who scour, dye and finish the cloth. Finally, the finished cloth is purchase by a fresh set of merchants, who will later sell the cloth in England or abroad. At each these steps a new firm is handling the wool/cloth making it hard to track lineage of wool through this process and hence hard to guarantee 100% Australian wool.
The shirt was purchased and worn by the donor’s husband, George H. Gerber, an Australian Wool Buyer. The shirt was purchased on one of George’s trips to Bradford in the U.K. on company business. Gerber was second-generation of Wool Traders in his family. His father, also named George H. Gerber, worked for Kreglinger & Furneau. He worked for them in Boston, U.S.A. before he died from the Spanish Flu in 1918. The company then promised a job to his oldest son (donor’s husband) once he finished school. Thus George came to be trained as a Fine Wool Classer by Kreglinger & Furneaux (Aust.) Pty Ltd where he was employed as a Wool Buyer all his working life. He retired in 1969 as the head of their Australian office when the company was taken over
Also of note, the shirt was sold with 2 add-on collars. Having two collars was advantageous as only changing the collar increased the number of days the shirt could be worn without washing.
- Letering label on shirt:
23 CHEAPSIDE, BRADFORD
- 5 Nov 2019 at 2:08PM