Owner Batemans Bay Heritage Museum
Location Batemans Bay South Coast New South Wales Australia
Maker Batemans Bay Patchwork and Quilting Guild
Origin new-south-wales
Pattern Community Embroidered and/or Appliqued Frame Native Fauna
Date 1980-1989
Dimensions (H x W in cm) 230 centimetres x 153 centimetres


Created in 1988, this quilt celebrates the foundation of Australia on 26 January 1788. Known for its natural beauty, rich history and active community the quilt shows the fauna, flora and development of Batemans Bay and the surrounding Eurobodalla area of NSW.

Captain James Cook sighted and named the Bay in 1770 after a former colleague Nathaniel Bateman. The area was developed in the 1860s when saw milling, and later oyster farming industries were established.

The Illawarra and South Coast Steam Navigation Co found the Clyde River to be navigable in 1854 and started regular services in the 1860s and 1870s which contributed to growth of industry in the district.
Between 1860 and 1890, prospectors began making gold strikes around Nelligen, with remains of the workings still in the hills surrounding the town.

Today the area is known for its beautiful beaches and moderate climate, attracting tourists to the area.


Embroidered quilt consists of central rectangle with scenes of Bullock team, Tollgate Islands—fishing, Clyde River bridge, surf and beach activities. It is bordered by small squares depicting animals, activities and local items of interest.

The quilt (wall hanging) is displayed in a wooden frame with glass front.

Created in 1988 for the bicentenary of settlement of Australia. (200 years since 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove by Governor Arthur Phillip).

Main Rectangle machine quilted, and surrounding border squares have been hand stitched. Lined with cotton fabric matching outside border edging.


Batemans Bay Patchwork and Quilting Guild
Ted Richards (Photographer)


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