Invoice for payments owed to Neil McDonald, General Merchant in Marnoo, Victoria, dated 1 March 1919.
Neil's parents migrated from Scotland in the 1850s and the family settled in the Nullawil and Wycheproof region of northern Victoria. Neil was first a farmer in Nullawil and then owned a general store there, along with his father and his brother. When his brother George opened a larger store in Wycheproof, Neil joined him there until he opened his own store in Marnoo. Sadly he died from influenza in 1919. Two of Neil and wife Annie May's daughters, Lorna and Mavis McDonald, frequently wore their traditional Scottish Highland's costumes (both costumes held in the Museum's collection) at community events demonstrating traditional Highland dancing.
Single sheet of cream paper, lined and letterhead printed in dark blue ink.
Statement of Historical Significance:
This invoice, as well as a menu, photographs and pair of costumes, demonstrate the importance of communities maintaining cultural traditions and passing on those traditions through the generations. Children's clothing with strong provenance and in excellent condition from this period are uncommon.
Donation from Miss Betty Nixon, 15/10/2013
Header: 'THE BLUE STORE/MARNOO/BOUGHT OF NEIL MCDONALD/GENERAL MERCHANT./Cash Buyer of Dairy Products, Hides, Skins, and Tallow./Haberdashery, Manchester, Clothing....[more text)
Type of item
140 mm (Width), 270 mm (Height)