An 1870s studio portrait of young Master Hackett of Whanganui shows him wearing a black armband – a sign that he was mourning the recent death of a close relative. Wearing black clothes, black armbands or mourning jewellery for a defined period was a sign of respect for the dead and a way of conveying news of a bereavement to others. It was an important aspect of Victorian etiquette.
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