Centennial Quilt

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Mrs. Eldra A. Robertson of Clinton made this quilt in 1967 for the B.C. Centennial Committee's Quilt Competition. A lifelong seamstress she worked for six months to translate historic photographs into applique and embroider. Highlights include St Saviour's Church in Barkerville, St John the Divine at Yale, The Beaver at Fort Victoria, Frank Laumeister's camels, a stage coach and freight wagon arriving at Foster's Store in Clinton and depictions of First Nations culture.   On the back of her quilt, Mrs. Robertson incorporated the Centennial Maple Leaf design.

The quilt was exhibited at the Pacific National Exhibition and won first prize, which was $500. It was acquired by the British Columbia Provincial Museum and loaned to the Quesnel Museum in 1976. The quilt was officially transferred to our collection in 2013.

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