Moon Collection

The Moon Collection is a collection of nineteenth century textiles and decorative arts objects, originally owned by the Moon Family, well-off silk and trade merchants from Dundee, Scotland. One of the merchant’s sons, George, migrated to Tasmania in the 1880s where he married Christina Henry, his business partner’s niece, and had his own family. When George’s sister Annie died in 1945 in Scotland, the only family remaining were George’s three daughters Annie (Nancy), Elsie, Christina (Tina) and sons Eric and Walter. The sisters travelled back to Scotland to claim the estate and returned two years later with historical family possessions, some of which are now part of the Gallery’s Permanent Collection. These included glass and silverware, china, photographs, souvenirs from the East, personal items, textiles and dresses, of which twelve were bequeathed to the Devonport Regional Gallery. 

Image: J. M. Easson, Ladies' Ball Dress, Dundee, Scotland, 1892-1901. Skirt and bodice, machine and hand stitched Japanese silk, lace, silk organza, glass and metal beading and sequins, plastic pearls, diamantes, cotton lining, boning, eye hooks