Inspired by the Rajah Quilt Exhibition
Unnamed women convicts aboard the ship, Rajah, travelling from England to Van Diemen’s Land in 1841 made The Rajah Quilt, said to now be one of the world’s most significant textiles.
The Rajah Quilt is held in the National Gallery of Canberra’s collections. The quilt was rediscovered in 1987. At an unknown point after its arrival in Tasmania the quilt was returned to England and gifted to Elizabeth Fry who in 1816 formed the Quaker Group, The British Ladies Society for the Reformation of Female Prisoners. The quilt's ownership in the following 147 years remains unknown. The Rajah Quilt has been an inspiration to quilters in this exhibition who come from Goolwa and surrounds.
Gallery hours: Mon to Sun 10am–4pm
Things to know: Dorset Button making workshops Fri 22 and Sat 23 May, bookings essential limited places