ProvenanceBelonged to (donor) Cheryl’s mother, born in 1913 and charmingly named Marguerite Vera Forgan, but was rather disappointingly called Vera for most of her lifetime. She was a talented and versatile amateur musician, and could play the piano, the violin, the mandolin and just about any other instrument she picked up. She grew up in Thebarton and as a teenager would play accompaniment to the silent movies at the local theatres, and was a member other local music groups, especially those associated with societies such as the Druids Lodge. She went on to teach music, and was also a very good dressmaker, making dresses on commission for many rural clients.
The Knitting Song would have been bought by her parents and absorbed into her large collection of music scores, covering anything from classical to the popular Desert Song. My grandparents, Robert Hugh and Florence Annie Forgan, were not wealthy and their major entertainment was gathering with their friends around the piano and singing, or putting on costumed entertainments such as black & white minstrels.SignificanceWell provenanced example of how British patriotic songs became absorbed into South Australian culture during and after the First World War.DescriptionSheet music entitle 'Knitting Song'with a yellow cover. The cover depicts a woman sitting at a chair knitting a sock. The item consists three sheets of music.Creator (person)Creator (organisation)AcknowledgementKeywordsFundraising and Morale ItemsDate of CreationBetween 1st January 1915 and 31st December 1920Date of UsageBetween 1st January 1915 and 31st December 1925Materialpaper DimensionType: closed
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Unit (Lengths): mm Accession NumberHT 2015.0074