The quilt was made by Jane (Jancy) Murray (1877 - 1963) at 'Henley Park' West Swan, WA in the 1930's. It passed to Margaret Bassett in 1950, and Margaret donated it to theWest Australian Quilters' Association (Inc), for their quilt collection, in 2004.
Jane Murray was born 17th January 1877 at Haggerson, Parish of Ancroft, Northumberland, England, the 2nd daughter of Elizabeth and George Murray. Following the death of their mother Elizabeth 29.5 1897, Jane, together with her elder sister Elizabeth, took over the responsibilities of running the household and caring for their father and siblings. It is thought that Jane spent some time in Hexham, Northumberland learning her craft. An article written about the Murray family for the local paper in 1959 mentions that: 'Janey was famed for her ability as a dressmaker while she lived in the Ancroft area of Northumberland.'
In 1913, Jane's father, not happy with the way things were being run in England, decided to come to Australia with his family. The Murray family set sail on 23rd May 1913 on board the S.S. Osterby, arriving in Fremantle 24th June 1913. After 4 years at Bullsbrook, the family settled at 'Henley Park' in the Swan Valley where, together with her elder sister, younger brother and latterly her widowed sister, Margaret, Jane shared the duties of running a property until her death. Jane, besides doing dressmaking, worked at various places and looked after children when mothers were having another baby. Not only did she make dresses, but also suits and overcoats. Jane did beautiful embroidery, which together with cakes, etc, were entered in shows and won many prizes. As well as making patchwork quilts, Jane made mats. Nothing was wasted.
Although she was short and of slight build, Jane was always on the go, almost running, 'except when peddling on her bike', from one task to the other. She never married.
Jane died at Royal Perth Hospital on 11th May 1963 and is buried with other family members at All Saints Churchyard, Upper Swan.
[Story supplied by the family for the NQR]