CollectionPat Foster Collection
OwnerFreshwater Bay Museum
Location Claremont Western Australia
MakerPat Forster
Origin western-australia
Pattern Appliqué
Dimensions (H x W in cm)29 x 41


The quilt shows locations of places that Noongar people named before European settlement in areas surrounding Perth Western Australia. These include Derbal Yaragan (Swan River) and Dyarlgarro (Canning River), as far north as Ngoorgenboro (Herdsman Lake), west as Walyalup (Fremantle), south and east as far as Jandakot (Forrestdale Lake).


The quilt is made from heavy orange-coloured silk, orange for the colour of the land at sunset; and dark black/brown furnishing fabric, representing the darkness of water at sunset. Construction is raw edge applique, couched thread and embellishment with sequins.

Sequins represent the locations for Noongar names.

Gold - names that have been retained for official use today and those that are approximately the same place as before settlement, are shown with gold sequins.

White - names that have been replaced are shown with white sequins.

Black - places that had Noongar names and that have been destroyed are shown with black sequins. For example lakes that have been filled in for housing and a point (Walyubup, Point Willis) near Fremantle that was dredged to make way for the Fremantle Harbour development.

Many of the places shown with white sequins have also been severely modified for example, lakes partially filled in for housing or roads.

290 x 410 mm


The quilt map is based on extensive reading of 1800s newspaper, early setllers' journals and recent scholarly works.


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