The McCracken Collection at Woodlands Homestead is a display of artifacts donated to Living Legends by the estate of Stuart Crawford McCracken. We are extremely grateful and honoured to have these special items on display.Rovert McCracken was the son of William and Jessie McCracken. His children were Alisa Mary, Robert Williams and Stuart Crawford. The McCracken family occupied the ‘Cumberland’ homestead that now stands as historical ruins within the grounds of Woodlands Historiac Park. Other McCracken owned properties included two properties in the town of Yea. The McCracken shield is on display. Please take note of the motto, which translates to “All Things Rightly”.
Some significant items on display in this collection belonged to Robert McCracken himself. A large christening mug with inscription reads “From his Father W.C. McCracken 8th December 1880”. His father died just two years later, at which time he went to live with his Grandfather and stepfather until he was 10 and began living at North Park and boarding at Scotch College.
A small gold cigarette case also belonged to Robert, with engraving of the family motto on the outside, and on the inner, “R. McCracken 29.8.14”.
The displayed whip has “A.L. McCracken 1914” engraved on the metal handle.The six hand painted plates and compote are part of a set, along with the two hand painted vases and collection of engraved glasses and carafe are all part of a set that were also owned by the McCraken family.
Living Legends would also like to thank Ailsa McCracken and Neville Lee for their generous donation of lovely hand decorated dining acccessories. The plates made by Ailsa’s grandmother, Mary Elizabeth McCracken (nee Peck) who resided at “Cumberland”, now situated in Woodlands Historic Park.
We appreciate these and other gifts from the McCracken family. It is important to recognise these items as being an integral part of Victoria’s early history.