Quilt No.795CFC - Cultural Facilities Corporation

Owner: 
Cultural Facilities Corporation
Location: 
ACT
Maker
Maker: 
Unknown
Made in
AUSTRALIA
Date: 
1901 - 1920
Description: 
Skin rug believed to be platypus pelts, 28 in all. It has a brown cotton backing. 1300 x 900mm
History: 

The maker is unknown as is any accurate date of making but it is likely to be pre World War 1. It was owned by Jessie Serle and is now owned by the Cultural Facilities Corporation, Canberra, ACT. It is stored at Lanyon and occasionally displayed.

Story: 

"Platypus pelts were used in this area for rugs. Oral history indicates that the animals were trapped in the ?/Queanbeyan area until c. W.W.1.
Oral history: Sylvia Curley recalls platypus pelts being made into a waistcoat. Transcript of interview kept at Historic Places, Cultural Facilities Corporation."
[Elaine Lawson, Lanyon, Tharwa ACT 2620]

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