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Children's tea party
Title : Children's tea party Children's tea party
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Source : B 57238
Date of creation : ca. 1900
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Description :

A children's tea party in the garden of the Johnston family in Bordertown. The younger girl is passing a tea cup to her older sister, who nurses a kitten. Their brother stands behind. A doll in a wickerwork perambulator is placed to one side. The girls wear elaborate starched pinafores and the boy's dark suit is enhanced with a wide white collar.

Tea parties, indoors or outside, were a popular way of play and enabled children to practice their table graces and imitate their elders. Whether the teapot in the child's left hand held real tea, or only make-believe, was immaterial to the pattern of play being enacted in the garden.

Coverage year : 1900
Place : Bordertown
Region : South East
Further reading :

Batkin, Maureen. Gifts for good children: the history of children's china. Part 2, 1890-1990, Ilminster, Somerset: Richard Dennis, [1991?]

The endless playground: celebrating Australian childhood, compiled and edited by Paul Cliff; with introductory essays by Robert Holden and features by Jack Bedson ... [et al.], Canberra: National Library of Australia, 2000

Fabian, Sue. Children in Australia: an outline history, Melbourne: Hyland House, 1980

King, Constance Eileen. The collector's history of dolls, London: R. Hale; New York: St. Martin's Press, 1978, c1977

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