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Rooster Medallion Quilt


The quilt was made by Amelia Brown (1817-1905) at Bowning NSW probably between 1856 and 1880. The quilt has only been in the Brown family linen cupboard. First at Bowning where Amelia lived with her youngest son John Brown until he died and then at 'Emu Flat' Binalong where she lived with William Brown, father of the present owner Una Braby. Una has owned the quilt for the last 20 years. It is not used now. Amelia Brown was born in Devon England, the daughter of James and Mary Parsons. She married John Brown in 1836 and they came to Sydney in 1857 at the height of the goldrush with their 7 children. They settled on a property called 'Oakvale' at Binalong near Yass NSW. "The original old home was burnt during a bush fire about 1938. 1 1/2 miles further down, Banjo Paterson's father lived. He is buried in Binalong cemetery."
"I never met my grandmother Amelia Brown of Bowning as I am the only surviving member of a family of 7 children, and I am now approaching the age of eighty years." [Una Braby, 15 February 2000]


Frame quilt pieced from square, rectangular and triangular pieces from plain and patterned cotton. The central motif of the rooster is appliquéd in red cotton on white background with a border of red triangles. There is a white cotton backing.
2000 x 1925mm

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