Lead whistle with halyard, which is believed to have originally belonged to the donor's ancestor, whose surname was Best-Finch, who arrived in Adelaide in the late 1850s and travelled overland to Maryborough in search of gold. It has been passed down through the family since that time.

Physical Description

Small led whistle

More Information

  • Collecting Areas

    Childhood, Migration & Cultural Diversity

  • Acquisition Information

    Donation from Mr R. Copeland, by Sep 1989

  • Place & Date Used

    Australia, circa 1850

  • Inscriptions

    No markings.

  • Classification

    Games & toys, Amusements, Whistles

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline


  • Type of item


  • Overall Dimensions

    5 cm (Length), 1 cm (Width)

  • References

    Note: little information is available on the ancestor who brought this whistle to Australia. As with many family memories, the information provided may not be quite correct. For instance the Pioneer Families in Victoria web site ([Link 1] accessed 10/6/2010) provides the following possibility: William French (Finch) came as a single male on the barque Bussorah Merchant, and arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia on 10th November 1848. He married Elizabeth Best (circa 1824 - 1880), who had arrived in Australia from Sussex circa 1855. They lived at Carisbrook and later at Majorca, and had ten children including Richard, Robart and Charles Best Finch.

  • Keywords

    Brought Goods, Immigration, Settlement, Travel, Whistles