Laird's Collar

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Date of creation: 
Period of use: 
Circa 1980
Wool fabric, polyester fringing and braid
H: 660 mm
Collection Name: 
ID/Accession No: 
HT 2003.68

Collar made in one piece - seam at neck back. 'Royal Stewart' tartan wool fabric outer, lined in plain black wool. Gold braid sewn around inner and outer edges of collar and 40mm fringe extending around outer edge. Below the 'V' of the inner neckline edge is sewn a knot of gold thread running into two tassels of gold fringe and thread.


The 'Laird's collar' was worn by the club Laird at all their social functions - it is worn around the neck over outer clothing and is a badge of office. William Coulter was the last Laird of the Scots Cronies Club of Australian Inc. The collar was donated to the Migration Museum in 2003. 


Scottish migration to South Australia made a significant, and still easily identifiable, contribution to the early colony. The Scottish community were part of the establishment of South Australia in the British Empire, and yet were still seen to have a distinctive culture and traditions of their own. A large number of Scottish migrants came to South Australia in the postwar period during the 1950s and 1960s. Clubs like the Cronies provided them with social support and cultural identitification with other Scots in the community. The term 'Crony' is commonly used to refer to a 'drinking companion', but it also denotes close friendship and mutual support amongst members of the Scottish migrant community. The collar is also significant to the history of the club, having been worn by leaders within the Scottish community, and demonstrates the use of symbols, such as the tartan, to identify historic traditions, hierarchy and cultural ties. 

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