Quilt No.956BF - Miles Pioneer Village

Miles Pioneer Village
Owner: 
Miles Pioneer Village
Location: 
QLD South West
Maker
Maker: 
Unknown
Made in
AUSTRALIA QLD
Date: 
Unknown
Description: 
3 fragments of koala bear skin joined with very fine stitching. Uneven edges. Thought to have been part of an aboriginal cloak or rug.
History: 

Given to Bud Ford about 1960 by the then owner of Mt. Moffat station, an old established pastoral holding in the area north of Mitchell, Queensland. It is on permanent loan to the Miles Pioneer Village and Museum at Miles south west Queensland.

Story: 

The stations in the area this piece came from were known to have considerable aboriginal labour, the men in the mustering camp and the women as domestic labour. It was found in a cave. Bud Ford remarked that the stitching was definitely not done the traditional way with a bone awl and whilst the thread hasn't been analysed he thought it wasn't hair or bark and could have been linen thread.

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