Our blogging friend Leslie recently posted an image of a wonderful piece of her tapestry:
That very same day we came across a report of an exhibition at our national gallery called Making the Australian Quilt:1800-1950, which included this image of the “Rajah quilt”, sewn by women convicts on their way to Van Diemen’s Land in 1841, on board the ship Rajah.
As they were not always allowed on deck, the women sometimes huddled in the hull where the lighting was poor, pricking their fingers and leaving small bloodstains on the quilt or sewing pieces in backwards. Over the course of the journey exotic birds appeared on the quilt….
This is now a prized piece in the National Gallery’s collection and Gert will be off to see it in the exhibition to run from July 22 – November 6 at NVG Melbourne.