Margaret Hutchison was born at home in Burnhouse Street, Maryhill on the 25 July 1918.
She died aged 7 years and 6 months on Hogmanay 1925/26 after failing to come out of the anaesthetic administered while in hospital with appendicitis.
The newspaper announcement of her death said that she fell asleep. She was buried on the 4 January and the funeral cost £10 and 8 shillings. The bill for the funeral was paid in full on the 13 January.
Margaret was small with dark bobbed hair. She liked cats. She collected scraps, hankies, purses and little treasures. She played shops in the backcourt of her tenement home with small bits of broken pottery for coins. She had a skipping rope and was knitting with yellow and beige wool before she died.
On Tuesday 23 June 1925 she wrote her name 13 times in the kind of script they don't teach any more. She went to Sunday School and had an invitation to the Christmas party.
Margaret loved her Grandmother, whose picture she kept in an old cigar box. Her Gran sent her a card with cats on it saying ‘get well soon’.
In her sponge bag beside a little bag of soap there is a penny.
She had tackety boots, shoes, a pair of little worn slippers, a smart velvet coat, a few home-made day dresses, a school jumper, bloomers and night dresses.
After Margaret died her mother packed all her personal belongings into a case. Margaret's sister became guardian of the case after her death. It remained in the family until her daughter gave it to Glasgow Museums in 1996.
Suitcase containing the belongings of Margaret Hutchison
Size 200mm x 603mm x 203mm
Given by Mrs A Bunyan, 1996