Quilt No.246JE - Jean East

Jean East
Owner: 
Jean East
Location: 
SA
Maker
Maker: 
Selina Pavy
Made in
AUSTRALIA SA
Date: 
Unknown
Description: 
Doll's quilt of crazy patchwork of cotton fabrics including handkerchiefs, mainly in checks and stripes, in pinks, yellow, blues and black, stitched to a cotton backing with herringbone stitch in embroidery thread in brown, light brown, and white..
327 x 320mm
History: 

Made by Selina Pavy (born Martens) (1873-1950) at Lameroo (SA), in the 1930s. Made for eldest grand-daughter Jean East (born Collins), daughter of Selina's eldest daughter Melva. Owned by Jean's daughter Mrs Lesley Dunbar(born East).

Story: 

"Selina Martens was born on 12th February 1873, at Clare, a rural town north of Adelaide in South Australia. She was the seventh child in a family of five daughters and three sons. The Martens family later moved to Port Germein where Selina grew up. Her father died at the age of 50 when she had only recently celebrated her 12th birthday.
Selina (who was called Lena) was obviously taught excellent sewing skills by her mother, and prior to her marriage she was the sewing mistress at the Port Germein school, and gave this as her occupation upon her marriage to Ernest (Ern) Pavy on 25th April 1893.
Following their marriage Lena and Ern lived in Port Germein, where their son and first daughter were born, then in Jamestown and Wilmington during which period they had another daughter. Finally, in 1910 they were among the early settlers who opened up virgin mallee land north of Lameroo, in another part of the state. This was a time of hardship and poverty, of clearing mallee and developing a farm, with some assistance from their two elder children. Lena, like all pioneer women of this era, assisted her husband where possible, as well as caring for her family under difficult circumstances, some distance from amenities such as medical care and shops. She used her considerable sewing skills to clothe the family to quite an extent, and in doing so passed on her talents, particularly to her elder daughter.
Unfortunately, after years of hard work, the farm had to be sold in the early 1920s due to the ill health of Ern and following the loss of their only son on the battlefields of France in June 1918. They lived in the township of Lameroo thereafter, and Lena is remembered by her grandchildren as a very caring and hardworking woman. ...
Another surviving piece of Lena Pavy's needlework, which dates from the early 1930's, is a small doll's quilt made for her oldest granddaughter. Although now somewhat faded, it is still treasured by a great granddaughter, and is made from small pieces of cotton material worked onto a backing with a herringbone stitch."
[From information provided by Ruth Collins.]
"the quilt is now owned by and is a prized possession of my daughter, Mrs Lesley Dunbar � Lesley used the doll's quilt as a child for her dolls & later allowed her own two daughters to play with it sparingly as it was getting more fragile."
[From information provided by Ruth Collins.]

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