OwnerJoyce Lacey
Location QLD
MakerIvy Campbell
Origin queensland
Pattern Wholecloth Utilitarian Wagga
Dimensions (H x W in cm)160 x 99


Made by Ivy Campbell (born Castle 1901-1957) in the Lockyer Valley Queensland and owned by her daughter, Joyce Lacey. Called the 'wagga' or the 'wagga rug'. The quilt has been used for moving furniture and sent to Scout camp with Joyce's son Graham when he was younger. "My mother Ivy taught herself to sew on a Singer treadle machine. She was a very good sewer, crocheter and knitter. Lockyer, on the main line between Brisbane and Toowoomba QLD, was a railway workers community. Ivy would do dressmaking for neighbours and charge 2/6 a dress!' Ivy Campbell's parents were Charles and Ada Castle. The five children were, Reg (born 1914), Ruby (born 1899 never married), Amy (born 1909), Ivy (born 1902) and Harry (born 1905).
[In the photo]: Ivy's dress would have been made by her, also the collar. Amy bought her dress from a Sydney outfitters catalogue. Amy made Ruby's dress, also my grandmothers, Ivy's mother's dress, although my grandmother was quite capable of making dresses in her old age and she may have made both her own and Ruby's dresses. If Amy made her a dress that she (Grandmother) regarded as being too large, she would unpick some of it and take it in when Amy was away for a day. Her dress (grandmother's) in the photo does look a good fit.
[In the other photo] Eric Campbell, Ivy Campbell (nee Castle) and their four children: Joyce (born 1924), twins Joan and Jean (born 1926) and Keith (born 1928). Ivy's brother Harry was in the car (bought new in 1926 a BUICK I think). He was taking us from the Castle Farm to the Railway Station at Crows Nest north of Toowoomba, for our return to Toowoomba and then another train to where we lived down the range at Lockyer Railway Siding."
[Joyce Lacey 1998]


Wholecloth utility quilt covered with good quality cotton printed with posies of pink, blue and green flowers and leaves, the top side has darker colours than the reverse. Filling is made from old blanket pieces, cardigans and pullovers stitched to an old blanket. Top and back machine stitched together.
1601 x 991 mm


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