Collection

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:

Shirley ANDERSON

Sister Anne-Marie JENSEN

Rosemary ARNOLD

Alana ARNOTT (Corbin)

Peggy KELMAN (McKillop)

Nancy BIRD-WALTON

Nan MANTHORPE

Lores BONNEY

MEIN, Joanne - 1971

Mary BRYANT

Robin MILLER (Dicks)

Christine DAVEY

Mary O’BRIEN

Rosemary DE PIERRES

Margaret PRIOR

Mitzi FARR

Senja ROBEY

Mardi GHETING

Dale Priscilla ROGER-JONES

Jenny HAUGHTON

Priscilla TOOLE

Bonnie HENDERSON

Ellen WARREN

Helen HENDERSEN

Marion 'Brownie' WRIGHT

Minta HENNESSEY

Dr Dorothy HERBERT

Beryl YOUNG

Heather INNES

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


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