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A piece of embroidery framed in dark wood. The embroidery depicts an adult woman dressed in a blue dress with light brown apron and red and white spotted headscarf. This woman is playing a brown violin. In front of her is a female child dressed in a red dress and shoes with white apron and pale green bonnet, also playing a brown violin. On the right is an adult man dressed in a blue jacket, brown tie, pale shirt and pants, with a brown beard and hair. He is holding a case. All three are standing on a green and brown base. The rest of the background has been left bare. The tapestry is surrounded by brown wood and framed in dark wood. The reverse is lined with masking tape and has two pieces of string looped through two eyelets to hang the picture.
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In this age of aeroplane travel and high speed internet, the journey from England to New Zealand in 1841 seems almost unimaginable. While we complain about a 36 hour journey to visit London, Mary Hamblyn, her husband and her children endured a far longer journey. They travelled on the Amelia Thompson from London on a journey that took 5 months. This tapestry is the result of that journey, with Mary Hamblyn filling in some of those long hours carefully stitching this cheerful scene, rather than the movies or games we might expect to use now.
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