Belt buckles (2), womens, silver, makers unknown, used by Nellie Shortland, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, c. 1900
These belt buckles were owned by Nellie Shortland who lived in Sydney in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Little is known about her, though the collection this vase is from indicated that she was from a prosperous family. There are papers with letterhead of the Woods, Shortland and Co, General Carriers based at Central Railway Station in Sydney. She went to the Argyle School in Surry Hills and studied music with Trinity College, London in 1893-1894. The personal effects that make up this collection give a good indication of the types of things a young women living in late Victorian Sydney would use on a day to day basis.