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2004/74/1 Patchwork quilt, cotton, by Amelia Brown, Bowning, New South Wales, Australia, c. 1857. Click to enlarge.

Patchwork quilt by Amelia Brown

This quilt was designed and made by Amelia Brown (1817-1905) of Bowning, New South Wales, at about the time of her arrival in Australia in 1857. Pieced quilts such as this are important reminders of women's domestic lives in colonial New South Wales. Since many women had to make all their families' bedding, they did not often go to such lengths to produce decorative bed coverings. Few finished quilts survive from this period.

The quilt is particularly significant for a number of reasons: its …


Object No.


Object Statement

Patchwork quilt, cotton, by Amelia Brown, Bowning, New South Wales, Australia, c. 1857

Physical Description

Rectangular pieced quilt with rows of pieced and appliqued squares radiating out from a central medallion. The patchwork pieces are cut from plain and patterned cottons, including small floral prints, checks and stripes. The central motif of a cockerel is appliqued in red on a white square, the square surrounded by red appliqued triangles. The back of the quilt is made from pieced white and cream fabric. The quilt is hand pieced and hand quilted in a continuous design of circles, hearts and petals.


No marks



1895 mm


Credit Line

Purchased 2004

Acquisition Date

27 April 2004

Cite this Object


Patchwork quilt by Amelia Brown 2023, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 27 March 2023, <>


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