Some of the wonderful things my mother has. It's rather special being the eldest daughter of the eldest daughter of the eldest daughter... !
These precious mementos have been handed down from generation to generation. Many represent difficult times, when the early settlers were a long way from their loved ones and the comforts to which they were familiar. My great great grandmother, Matilda Doak, bought the locket and jug with her from Ireland when she first came to Australia in 1860. The locket has braids of hair, probably from her parents. Matilda purchased her dinner set in 1880 at the opening of Exhibition Buildings in Melbourne. The set traveled by bullock dray to Bendigo, and not a single piece was broken. Matilda’s daughter, Isabella, was given this brooch by her husband, Harry. It has Matilda’s and Harry’s photos in it.
And there are other heirlooms from other parts of the family, too, like these antique spoons from the Anselmi family, but their story is lost.

red lace from Daisy by 'designs by krista'
paper is a blend of paper from 'Home' paper pack by Misty Mareda at Little Dreamer Designs and from 'Painted Love' by Stephanie Ogren
staple from Cinnamon Tea by Miss Mint
ribbon from 'Specially for you' by Alexandra Brandwein
template 'Posted Memories' by Katie Pertiet
alpha from Sueli Colbert's 'Alphas Beautiful'