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Timber rocking cradle

Object Number: R15884

Often the simplest things tell the most wonderful stories.   This timber homemade rocking cradle (seen in the photograph to the right) was built in 1900 by Wilhelm Heinemann for his sister Caroline who had married into the Bunker family.  Both the Heinemanns and Bunkers were early pioneer families in the Redlands. Caroline, who lived in a cottage in, Redland Bay, used this cradle for her six children born between September 1900 and January 1912.  It was then passed to the next generation where it was used for several grandchildren, including the donor, Shirley Wardle, who gave the cradle to the Museum in 2014. This cradle is still in excellent condition and could easily be used for several more generations.