The wool quilt makers (Red Cross Wool Fleece Quilts Relief Committee); verso: Landscape sketch

Place Oceania: Australia, South Australia, Adelaide
Accession Number ART92574
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 28.3 x 35.2 cm; image: 23.3 x 31.4 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description watercolour, pastel and pencil on paper; verso: pencil on paper
Maker Black, Dorrit
Place made Australia: South Australia, Adelaide
Date made c 1940-1941
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


A group of women making quilts for the Wool Fleece Quilts Relief Committee in Adelaide during the war. Wool fleece quilters worked from 1939-1956, first independently and then affiliated with the Red Cross in South Australia who gave them use of a large storeroom at the back of their headquarters. 30 volunteers made 2,000 quilts for the war effort. In 1939 quilts went to Russian, Dutch and Chinese war-affected people, and in 1943 the first shipment went to the UK for military and convalescent hospitals. Some were also given to local charities and families of deceased servicemen. These quilts were prized for their warmth and lightness. The drawing shows women working at tables, cutting and stitching with a sewing machine. The finished quilts are hung on the wall. Verso image: a landscape sketch.