Owner Fred Keen
Location NSW
Maker Rebecca Keen
Origin new-south-wales
Pattern Utilitarian Wagga Patchwork Pieced
Date 1940-1949
Dimensions (H x W in cm) 160 x 100


Made about 1940 by Rebecca Keen (1889-1965) of Temora NSW. Previously owned by Reg Keen, Rebecca's grandson, now owned by Fred Keen, Rebecca's son and his wife Ena. "The maker of the Wagga Rug was Rebecca Keen (1889-1965) who was the mother of the present owner, Fred Keen. Rebecca was married to Alfred (1909) who broke his hip loading wheat and later managed pubs and grocery stores in country NSW. Rebecca was a Temora girl. They had eight children and it was a tough life. Rebecca often did the cooking in the hotels they managed as well as rearing the children. Rebecca made six Wagga Rugs. One was for Fred and Ena when they were 'keeping company' in the 1930s. It was a double bed size and was too heavy to use as it had wheat bags in the middle. It no longer exists. The others Rebecca made were for Fred and Ena's children ie. her grandchildren. This Wagga Rug was made for Reg (one of the children) about the time he was born in 1940. Reg was a bachelor and thought the world of his Wagga Rug. It used to have wheat bags and part of a travelling rug in it but these have been taken out. Ena recalled that her mother-in-law, Rebecca, would come over from Temora and do the mending and patching and make pants for her grandchildren from legs of trousers."
[Additional information from informal interview Fred Keen and Wendy Hucker for NQR, Wagga Wagga, 1999]


Patchwork quilt with front and back made from different sized patches of used woollen clothes, stitched in a random manner. Fabrics include men's trousers, and tweeds, checks and plains, in navy, grey, browns and fawn, and some red and white check. Backing is from larger pieces, including large patches of a dark pink, some green and some navy rectangles. Filling of wheat bags and part of a travelling rug was removed because it was too heavy.
1600 x 1000mm


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