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Kangaroo Skin Rug

  • Owner:
    Tom Morgan
  • Location:
  • Maker:
    Antonia Wells
  • Pattern:
    Animal Skins
  • Pattern:
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 142
    Width: 117


Made in 1972-1973 by Mrs Antonia (Toni) Wells of 'Woolloola', Jericho Queensland. Purchased by Elizabeth Morgan c. 1975. Owned by her ex-husband, Tom Morgan. "The rug has been in constant use by Ben my son and also his siblings. The missing lining can probably be explained by a moth attack. These skins are in very good order. Toni Wells, the maker of this rug lived in western Queensland. She educated her three sons on the proceeds of making kangaroo skin bags, rugs etc. These boys would shoot the kangaroos in the holidays. How they were tanned is not known (ie. home or professional). This story is indicative of the spirit and determination of some women in the bush. Hard times on the land lead to enterprising ventures to make money, to survive."
[Tom Morgan to Morley Grainger NQR Co-ordinator]


Animal skin rug made from squares of kangaroo skins placed in a diamond pattern, with a row of dark brown fur diamonds along one side. Original backing was red felt; there is some remaining along the egde of the rug. The rug was machine sewn.
1423 x 1169mm

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