Sampler by Harriett Jubber, 1845.
Conservation funded by the Otago Embroiderers’ Guild in 1996.

Wool fabric, silk threads, 440mm x 320mm.

This sampler was a mark that the sewer’s education was complete when she finished it in 1845. It had a note to this effect on the reverse of an earlier backing board. It is an example of very fine hopsacking, worked in cross-stitch with shades of fawn and green. The upper portion is dominated by the customary moral injunction framed with a nice border pattern – Teach me to feel another’s woe, To hide the fault I see. The mercy I to others show, That mercy show to Me – but no alphabet or number sequences. Instead the sampler is filled out with a fine array of spot motifs; plants, insects, birds and dogs. The sewer’s signature and date is framed by a circular border pattern and set below a symbol of the school where it was worked. A very elegant floral border surrounds the whole work, cleverly worked around the four corners.

Harriett Jubber was born in Coventry, England circa 1835 and worked this sampler in 1845 during the final year of her education as a nine-year-old. She came to Otago on the Chile in 1862. She was an assisted passenger who still owed £7 for her fare in 1869. By then she had married Edward McGraw at St Joseph’s Catholic church in Rattray Street. They produced three children. By 1873 Harriett had become the wife of James Clark, the lighthouse keeper at Taiaroa Head on the Otago Peninsula (1869-1875), Nugget Point (1875-1879) and Dog Island (1879-1883). Harriett and James produced four children. In 1883 James Clark fell – or jumped – to his death from the Dog Island lighthouse. Harriet gave evidence at his inquest that he had been depressed over family matters but the jury concluded that his death was accidental. Harriet subsequently married Daniel McKay, an Irish labourer, and settled at Port Chalmers. She died there in 1914 aged 78.
Harriet Jubber
Production Date
Sampler 445x330mm
Mount 460x340mm