Today I have been spending a little time researching my family history. My dad's family came from Huddersfield in the UK to find their fortunes and a new life on the goldfields of Victoria in the 1860s.
From what I have read Northern England was the birth place of the Industrial Revolution and West Yorkshire, towns like Bradford, Halifax, Huddersfield were mill towns processing local wool and cotton from the colonies.
I don't know if my ancestors were involved in textile industries, I need further investigations to find that. I would love it if they were, perhaps a cottage industry before the big mills evolved.
When I was a child in the 60s and 70s Launceston, my home town, was a mill town with five prosperous woollen mills. I lived in West Launceston and many of the children at my school were the children of millworkers. The slashing of tarriffs in the 1970s by the Whitlam government brought an end to all but one of the mills. It also greatly effected my dad's business as a big part of his work was delivering goods and supplies to and from the mills.
Anyway it seems a nice symmetry to me that part of my ancestry has a link to the processing of wool, part of my local heritage is based firmly on the production of woollen yarn and cloth and I make my living largely from wool, from the stuffing for my dolls that comes from the last remaining local mill, the yarns and locks I use for my doll hair which come from all over the world and the yarns and felt I love to use for my doll clothes much of it from artisans who dye or spin the yarn they sell to me .
The pictures today are just a few snaps from my sewing room, the tools and materials I use in my daily work.