Heidelberg's Busy Bee Signature Quilt 1895-96

Friends of the History Council of Victoria are warmly invited to visit the Heidelberg Historical Society where the current exhibition interprets an intriguing document of social history: a signature (or autograph) quilt that resulted from a nineteenth-century fundraising campaign.

The quilt is constructed from 213 embroidered squares. It carries 139 legible names plus many initials and decorations. Contributors to the quilt lived in various Melbourne suburbs and elsewhere in Victoria. They came from church groups, community organisations, businesses and government, and through family and social networks.

The Society is located at the Old Heidelberg Courthouse and received the quilt by donation last year. Members have investigated the why, how and when of the quilt’s creation, and have researched the stories and connections of the eight women from Heidelberg’s Scots Church who formed a ‘Busy Bee’ group and made the quilt. Representatives of the Society will be on hand to introduce the exhibition.

To learn more about the exhibition and the Society, visit this website:

Admission: $5 (includes afternoon tea), payable on arrival at the museum. You are welcome to bring 'Future Friends', people who share your interests and might join the Friends in the future. The RSVP form makes it easy to register your +1. If you wish to bring more than one guest, please email the Executive Officer ([email protected])

Also in the area: Heide Museum of Modern Art is a 20-minute walk from the Heidelberg Historical Society, across the Yarra River. You may wish to visit its exhibitions in the morning. It has an excellent Cafe where you may like to have lunch. 

Our visit to the Heidelberg Historical Society is a special networking event for HCV Friends and their guests.

If you are not yet a member of the HCV Friends, please click HERE to sign up now! Then return to this page to RSVP.

If you are already a Friend of the HCV, please accept this invitation by clicking on the RSVP button below. 

To assist with catering, please book before 10 am on Tuesday 10 September.

Postcard promoting the quilt exhibition   Archibald Cameron's square   Postcard promoting the quilt exhibition - reverse

All images courtesy Heidelberg Historical Society Inc. No. A0042118P

September 14, 2019 at 2:30pm - 5pm
Heidelberg Historical Society Museum
Corner Jika Street and Park Lane
Heidelberg, VIC 3084
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Margaret Birtley · · 0418 814 957

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