Quilt No.194FW - Fred Wood

Fred Wood
Fred Wood
VIC North East
Charlotte Gambold
Made in
1901 - 1920
Patchwork quilt made from a variety of printed cottons over 70 prints, using shirting and dress fabrics, fabrics also from pyjamas, curtains, aprons, tablecloths. The centre medallion is a square within a square with white borders, the inner frame made of sawtooth triangles. This is surrounded by pieced triangles, square within a square and crosses. Outer frame of sawtooth triangles, and outer border pieced of squares and triangles. Colours are pinks, blues, burgundy and pastels, with floral, stripe and check prints. Lining of cotton. Backed with a printed cotton. Quilt is bound on all edges.

Made by Charlotte Gambold, c.1900. Previously owned by Mrs Vera Banning, daughter of Charlotte Gambold's sister Elizabeth Bennett. Owned by Charlotte's grand nephew, nephew of Vera Banning.


"Charlotte Gambold arrived in the Wangaratta district at about 6 years of age, the eldest of three children, with her parents, Thorres and Mary Gambold, in 1866. Later, her father was a molybdenite miner (this mineral was, and still is, used in the hardening of steel).
When her sister Elizabeth married Mr AH Bennett of 'Highfield', Evarton Upper, Victoria, in 1893 we can only surmise that Charlotte planned a medallion quilt for the happy couple. When it was actually commenced, and when it was finally completed is lost in history, but the quilt has remained in the family throughout its existence. Whether Charlotte designed it from scratch or had seen one of this type of quilt is also lost to us unfortunately. ...
This marvellous Australian quilt is in the possession of a grand nephew of Milawa Victoria, and is in very good condition. He inherited it from his aunt, Mrs Vera Banning, who died in 1994, aged 94. Vera inherited it from her mother, Elizabeth, the 1893 bride, about 1954, when she lived in Cusack Street, Wangaratta. Charlotte died in t he 1950s, and is buried in the Bowman's Forest cemetery, on the Wangaratta/Myrtleford Road.
Charlotte's grand nephew and his brother, both had quilts made for them by their Aunt Charlotte and they remembered seeing this quilt when they were young boys and then forgetting all about it. Their own quilts have long worn out and no longer exist� Their cousin, George Bennett, had one given to him by his mother when he was eight or nine. These quilts were made out of ties and bits of men's materials, and were warm and practical for the boys' sleepout.
Mrs Joan Wood, Milawa, thinks Charlotte made many quilts and had a little business of quiltmaking, as she was a maiden lady, and liked to keep herself occupied."
[From article by Brenda Leitch, 1995, in 'Down Under Quilts', Spring 1995, p.20]

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