200 George Street

Candles and Quills


Case 7

The assortment of household items provide a window into the daily lives of the people who resided here throughout the nineteenth century. The items reveal technologies which have long since been replaced and forgotten.

These candlewick scissors were used to trim wicks, with a small basket provided to collect the offcuts. The vesta box would carry short matches and keep them dry. People regularly needed to light stoves and lanterns, but early matches were unreliable and could be accidentally lit when rubbed together. The small boxes contained the matches, while the ribbed base could be used to light them.

A wide range of writing tools were found, from slate and pencil to an ink bottle for writing with a quill. Pieces of lead, the predecessor of pencils we use today, were alsouncovered, suggesting people were literate and valued education.

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