Quilt No.908UB - Una Braby

Una Braby
Owner: 
Una Braby
Location: 
QLD Brisbane
Maker
Maker: 
Amelia Brown
Made in
AUSTRALIA NSW
Date: 
1851 - 1880
Description: 
Frame quilt pieced from square, rectangular and triangular pieces from plain and patterned cotton. The central motif of the rooster is appliqued in red cotton on white background with a border of red triangles. There is a white cotton backing.
2000 x 1925mm
History: 

The quilt was made by Amelia Brown (1817-1905) at Bowning NSW probably between 1856 and 1880. The quilt has only been in the Brown family linen cupboard, first at Bowning where Amelia lived with her youngest son John Brown until he died and then Binalong where she lived with William Brown, father of the present owner Una Braby, at 'Emu Flat'. Una has owned the quilt for the last 20 years. It is not used now.

Story: 

Amelia Brown was born in Devon, England, the daughter of James and Mary Parsons. She married John Brown in 1836 and they came to Sydney in 1857, at the height of the goldrushes, with their 7 children. They settled on a property called 'Oakvale' at Binalong near Yass NSW. "The original old home was burnt during a bush fire about 1938. 1 1/2 miles further down Banjo Paterson's father lived, he is buried in Binalong cemetery."
"I never met my grand-mother Amelia Brown of Bowning as I am the only surviving member of a family of 7 children, and I am now approaching the age of eighty years." [Una Braby 15.2.2000]

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