Thursday, 22 March 2012

Samplers from Down Under - The Kiwi Connection

It is easy to overlook the fact that samplers do exist beyond Europe and the USA. Because samplers probably constituted a large proportion of the family archives, and because they were easy and light to transport, they followed families around the world as they went in search of better living, greater religious freedoms, and even escape or transportation. The short clip here takes us through some wonderful details of New Zealand (thank you Vivien!) samplers and discusses the occurrence of sampler initials worked in black thread to indicate deceased family members. So pour a cup of tea, click the box and enjoy!

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