Celebrating Two Centuries of Heritage and Community

When in June 2019, the call went out for ways of commemorating the 200-year anniversary of Governor Macquarie’s naming of Ross, local resident, Helen Davies, had the idea of a textile-based project that celebrated the history, the built heritage, and the community of Ross – and so the Ross Bicentenary Quilt was born. One hundred and fifty members of the Ross community – male and female, aged from five to 95 – participated in the project, culminating in its unveiling on the 200th Anniversary of the naming of Ross on June 2nd, 2021.

Meticulously designed and lovingly stitched, the quilt is a tribute to the rich history of the village. Each patch of the quilt tells a unique story, representing different aspects of the town’s evolution, from its humble beginnings to the vibrant present. The intricate design showcases landmarks, key events, and cultural symbols that have shaped Ross. It’s not just a quilt; it’s a living timeline, a woven narrative of the people, places, and moments that have contributed to the tapestry of Ross’ history.

Historically speaking, needlework holds a significant place in history. The Bicentenary Quilt colours used were purposefully typical of needlework samplers that young girls were obliged to complete as part of their education – including at the Ross establishment for young ladies, Ellenthorpe Hall, where from 1827 to 1840 Mrs. Clarke and her staff taught ‘useful and ornamental Needle Work’.

The Ross Bicentenary Quilt stands as a symbol of unity and continuity. It encapsulates the spirit of Ross and serves as a tangible reminder of resilience and camaraderie.

Come by to view the incredible textile from Tuesday April 30, 2024, and get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this tribute to Ross. Our Museum is open 7 days a week.