1510 - The Australian Pioneer Aviatrix Tapestry
On International Women’s Day, March 8 2008, this wool tapestry was presented to the Museum to honour Australian women involved in pioneering aviation.
The Australian Pioneer Aviatrix Tapestry found a home here at the suggestion of pioneer woman pilot and our then Patron, Nancy-Bird Walton.
Started in 2002 and completed in 2008, this community project took over 7,000 hours to weave.
Measuring 5 metres x 1.3 metres, the tapestry was worked on by people from Australia and all over the world.
To create this woven tapestry, a grant of $23,000 from the Queensland Gaming Benefit Fund was used to purchase materials - including a purpose-built loom and merino wool from the Victorian Tapestry Guild.
The women featured are:
Alana ARNOTT (Corbin)
Peggy KELMAN (McKillop)
Robin MILLER (Dicks)
The motifs are not without humour. in addition to the caricature portraits, you can find a stork carrying a baby, witches on broomsticks and chickens.
Object ID: 1510 - The Australian Pioneer Aviatrix Tapestry
Date Made: 2002 - 2008
Materials: Merino wool
Dimensions: 130 cm high x 500 cm wide
Maker: The Tableland Tapestry Weavers, principal weavers Lynda Price and Dale Roger-Jones and hundreds of volunteers