Migration Museum

Migration Museum
Adelaide, Australia

This hand-knitted garment was worn as a pullover. The pattern was taken from an austerity pattern book, the work demonstrates clever design and knitting skill. There are three separate parts which feature different designs. Two parts can be buttoned together on the shoulder at the same time to create the pullover; the interchangeable panels mean that the one garment can provide three different looks. One panel features heraldic type animals; the other has horses, cats and lions holding the Young Conservatives Standards flag, and finally a marled grey with multi-coloured Fair Isle knitting.
The hand-knitted pullover is of significance as an unusual example of knitting technique and versatile design. It also represents the migration journey from the England to South Australia, as well as British cultural connections to heraldry.


  • Title: Pullover
  • Date Created: 1946-01-01/1946-12-31
  • Provenance: This item was hand-knitted by a young English woman just after the Second World War. She was living in Kent, and worked for the Conservative party as a secretary. At this time knitting was an important part of everyday life, and wool was only available through coupons, so the garment’s interchangeable panels were useful. Holmes brought the pullover with her to Australia when she migrated in 1968, because it was versatile, and was one of her favourite pieces of clothing.
  • Subject Keywords: craft, knitting
  • Rights: History Trust of South Australia, CC-0, photographer: Rachel Harris, Bit Scribbly Design

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