Western Australia, Australia 1895 /1899 – 1919 /1923
Southern Cross brooch
18 carat gold
stamped on verso: 18c
1.6 (h) x 4.0 (w) cm
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Western Australian goldfields and goldmining subject matter pervade this group of jewellery, contributing to its importance as a document of regional fervour, aspiration and achievement during the State’s prosperous pre- and post-Federation periods. This group of works represents some of the main jewellers working as goldsmiths and retailing in Western Australia from the 1890s, revealing their accomplished craft skills and business acumen. Many set up premises on the Western Australian goldfields during the goldrushes of the 1890s.