Image: Memento mori, locket

Memento mori, locket

Memento mori, locket containing hair.

Courtesy of L De Winne
© Australian Museum


Mementos such as lockets, brooches and rings, usually containing a lock of hair and photograph, functioned as tangible reminders of the deceased. They were particularly effective memorials in Australia, where loved ones may have died and been buried far away. Locks of hair were also sentimental gifts from the living, becoming powerful keepsakes after their death.

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