c. 1890 - 1894

Multi-coloured and some patterned octagonal cloth patches stitched together by hand using English method of the cloth is folded over templates of heavy blotting paper. Many of these templates are part of the quilt & remain visible on back. Quilt rectangular in shape and unfinished at one end.

Historical information

This quilt was started by Mrs Francis Fretwell in c1890 and was worked on by her daughter-in-law Mary in the early 1900s, who then passed it onto her own daughter-in-law Isobel in c1940. In 1984 Isobel donated the unfinished quilt to History House.
Mrs Francis Fretwell gifted the started quilt to her daughter in-law Mary, who had married her son William. William and Mary immigrated to Western Australia and settled in the Kelmscott area in c1912. One of the things they brought with them from England was the quilt.
In 1940 their son Henry, who was born in Kelmscott in 1915, married Isobel Hall. Isobel was born in England in 1918 and with her parents Herbert and Elsie, immigrated to Western Australia in 1927. Henry and Isobel most of their life living on their orchard in Roleystone with their family.



Registration number
Item type
190 cm
Height or length
106 cm
c. 1890 - 1894
Statement of significance

This object is part of a collection of items associated with a person or family who have played a significant role in the economic, community or social development of the City of Armadale. This can include holding key political or social positions within the community, being a key contributor or member of a community organisation, a strong contributor to improving the well-being of the local community, a prominent figure in a local business or industry, developer of new industries or activities or someone who grew up in the area and moved away and had a noteworthy career or life.

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City of Armadale - History House

City of Armadale - History House

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