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2011/109/71 Quilt, Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt, made on behalf of the Queensland AIDS Council 1993-1994, various makers and places of manufacture, Australia, about 1994. Click to enlarge.

Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt

Made c.1994

The Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt, of which this multi-panel quilt forms a part, is an evocative record of those who were lost to HIV, many of them in their 20s and 30s. The visual diversity of the panels is marked, capturing as they do the character and individuality of the person who died. In the 1980s and 1990s, at the onset of AIDS and in the following decade, societal attitudes were often homophobic. The Quilt records memories of those vibrant young people who faced their death in times of...


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Object Statement

Quilt, Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt, made on behalf of the Queensland AIDS Council 1993-1994, various makers and places of manufacture, Australia, about 1994

Physical Description

The quilt is a square shape, constructed with eight joined panels, backed with calico and edged with canvas.The quilt block was made on behalf of the Queensland AIDS Council 1993-1994 and includes panels remembering those affected by HIV & AIDS, namely, Francis, Michael, John, Shayne, Russel, Brad, Gregory, Paul, Kevin, Michael, John, Paul, Peter, Robert, Jonathon, Shane, John, Bernard, Colin, Larry, David, Alison, Stephen, Malcom (sic), Kenneth, Daryl, Donald, Graham, William, Robert, William, Trevor, Michael, Diane, Carey; Queensland AIDS Nurses Resources Group; Tim Carrigan; Daryl Fenen Greenman; Daryl Fenen; Derek Winter; Dennis Finn.

The Queensland AIDS Council is a community based organisation responsible for providing education, advocacy and support for those affected by HIV & AIDS in Queensland Australia. Previously known as QUAC.

Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt Project block number 102.


On the reverse of panel number 1 are many hand-written inscriptions, including the following:
'Carmel Maddishs? / Proud to be there, Nigel Rice / Teresa Frania / Korea / Christine Tulani? / Janet / Leonie Daws / Donna, Phillip, Brett, John M., John, Brian, Peter, Michael, Joan / Colin ? '91 / Allan Appleton / ?Robert Catigmad / Judith Standen / Love you Seth / Mark Philistis, Joe Debattista / Mike Lines, Now I know/Why I am Here/all my life / Joan Hearn, Peace / Cheryll / Mike R, Dale F / Love lives on, Wendell J Rosevear / Doug Raethel / Raymond Gary Loved Forever Derek / Love to my boys, N ? XXX / Bill Baker / God give you Peace, Ray Israel, Daryl Dollin / Drew Brake / Judy XX / Maree / Wendy Edmond / Margaret Steinberg / ?Yarko / ?Marko / Love Rick / Michael Lane in heart outline / Trevor Schultz / ?Scott / Lesbian and Gay Pride Collect....... 'Keep the dream Run.......' / Jan Lethlean - in faith, hope and love / Tony Austin / Julie Hall / Glenys Hall / Marie Platt with star shape / Meredith M / Makek / ?Stanto? / ?Scott / Frances O'Keeffe'.

On the reverse of panel number 3 are many hand-written inscriptions, including the following:
'Brisbane City Hall 4th June 1991 / God Bless! / Jennifer Clough / All my love / Shirley Taylor / G.J. Gillies / Tilly Anne / We Miss You / Sal & Lil / Norewa Stonejohns / Korea + Korean characters? / Kathy Hearn / Keith / Love always + thanks for the support / Daniel / Hang in there / Dave & John / Love / Denise Collins / Jean Lawless / Pierce / Never forget (unreadable)/ There is no death / Only love / Robert X / Thinking of you / Thelma (Frisco??) / Leo Baird / Dominic (Baxter??) / Love always / Phillip Macarthur - Dance / Bill Rough / In memory of "Fr" (crossed out) / Burgmans / Love always / Fran, Gil / Sharni / Calum / Tim / Enid / xxxxxx / drawing of ice cream cone / J. Hone (drawing of heart) Will / Hopefully one day we'll find a cure / I. Davies / Korean characters?? / Kath Haworth / With lots of love, Mary / With love / Dorothy M???? (poss. Muri) / Seoul Korea / Diem / Korean characters / Carmel Dahl / Ingrid Webster / Jason / Vaill / Durssen / Tonga?? Wild / Society Remembers, Sarah Roberts / Madeline / Love Always / Dawn Mack (e OR a) y / Wayne Sparks / Jay Champley / Nellie M.?? Champley / Greek letters, Manousakis / Jason, Greek letters / John Ian D. / Arabic? writing / Frances (O as drawing of heart) Keeffe / Get or God with us / ??? ???'



3610 mm


3640 mm


45 mm



This quilt was created as part of the Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt Project, which was founded in September 1988 by Andrew Carter OAM and Richard Johnson in Sydney. It was formally launched on World AIDS Day, 1 December 1988 by Ms Ita Buttrose. The founding 35 memorial panels were displayed that day in Sydney with visiting panels from the American Names Project.

Australian traveller Andrew Carter saw the American Quilt during its 1988 US National Tour, and upon his return home he was inspired to found the Australian Quilt with Richard Johnson. Andrew Carter was later awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in recognition of this work. The Australian Quilt remains the largest outside the USA. Local groups of the Quilt now exist in States and Territories across Australia.

In 2007 the Quilt Project Sydney, which became the custodian of the Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt in 2000 offered the Quilt to the Powerhouse Museum for acquisition into the collection. A lengthy collaborative process ensued, in order to ensure that both the families of those commemorated and the makers of the quilts were in agreement with this proposal. At the same time, photography and documentation of the quilts, together with purpose-designed storage were carried out.


Credit Line

Gift of the Quilt Project Sydney, 2011

Acquisition Date

1 December 2011

Cite this Object


Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 21 July 2019, <>


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