Musical ceramic jug presented to Stan McCabe, 1938

Object Type
Domestic items/Container/Jug
Date Used
10 Jun 1938-14 Jun 1938
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Object Detail

Brief Description
Large ceramic handpainted jug. Off-white ceramic with coloured handle shaped like a kangaroo. Jug features two multicoloured scenes of Captain Cook's landing at Botany Bay, one on either side. One side shows Cook and his men raising a flag on land and is captioned 'CAPTAIN COOK TAKING POSSESSION./ THE ENDEAVOUR ENTERED BOTANY BAY/APRIL 1770'. The other side shows two naked Aboriginal men carrying spears, standing on a shoreline looking at a boat in the ocean while a rowboat full of people makes its way towards them. One of the Aboriginal men is brandishing a spear in the direction of the vessels. This image is captioned 'THE BLACK'S THREW SPEARS AT COOK'S MEN.' Base of jug is encircled by two images of a team of bullocks pulling a cart full of logs. Front of jug is inscribed with the words to the first two verses of the original version of the song 'ADVANCE AUSTRALIA FAIR'. Painted in gold above this song text are the words 'S.J McCabe. (Vice Capt). N.S.W.'. Painted in gold below the song text are the words 'Presented to the members of the/ Australian Touring team by/ A. Ross. Fielding, on the/ occasion of the first Test Match/ at Nottingham June 10-14. 1938'. Underneath the jug is a mechanism that can be wound to enable it to play a musical tune, namely 'Advance Australia Fair'. A small metal lever stops the tune playing when the jug is placed on a surface. Maker's mark on inside of bottom rim of jug reads 'CROWN DEVON/FIELDINGS/MADE IN ENGLAND'.
0 - Whole: H: 235 W: 205 D: 120mm (H: 9 1/4 W: 8 1/16 D: 4 3/4")
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Date Used
10 Jun 1938-14 Jun 1938
In storage
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Credit Line
Kindly donated by Geoffrey McCabe and Chris Hancock (nee McCabe)



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