Collection2001 National Quilt Register Collection by PWH
Register No.191MB
OwnerRosa Egan
Location Glen Iris VIC Australia
MakerGeorge Dennis
Origin Yarrawonga VIC Australia
Pattern Animal Skins Pieced
Datec. 1920s
Dimesions (H x W in cm)198 x 131

History

Probably made by George Dennis (1882-1944) at Bundalong Victoria in the 1920s. Owned by George Dennis, then by his daughter Mrs Anne Bryant (born Dennis 1911-1993), then by her daughter Rosa Egan. Known as 'The Kangaroo Rug' or 'Grampy's Rug'. Bundalong is on the Murray River near Yarrawonga Victoria and George used kangaroo pelts from kangaroos shot during hunting trips.

"This rug/quilt was used on beds in my parent's home at Yarrawonga probably following our Grandfather's death in 1944 when the said rug/quilt became something of a family treasure and still is! The maker was a keen shooter, fisherman and was a farmer by occupation. His wife Isabel Dennis may have helped in quilt making."
[Margaret Bryant]

The Kangaroo Rug is now in the possession of Helen McLean, Rosa Egan's niece.
{Margaret Bryant, April 2018]

Description

Kangaroo skin rug made from 22 pieces of kangaroo pelt, 4 pieces across each end of the rug and 2 larger pieces making up panels in the central portion of the rug. Pelts are hand stitched together. Backing of burgundy felt has been attached by hand stitching. The navy edging around the skins appears to be machine sewn. The felt backing extends beyond the fur and makes a border with scalloped edge. No padding.

1981 x 1309 mm

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