Tuesday, 5 May 2009

convict bonnet blessed





Here are the pics of my convict bonnet.
Saturday afternoon my neighbour attended the bonnet blessing ceremony which was held at a church at Port Melbourne. She said it was a really moving ceremony that gave her even more information about the circumstances under which her ancestor was sent. Her ancestor was Irish and at the time there were many Irish that had fled to England because of the potato famine in Ireland. The English didn't want them there especially them being catholic. Most of the Irish convicts that were transported were charged with stealing items of clothing which was considered more serious than stealing food. This earnt them their ticket to Van Diemen's Land.
Apparently they need many more bonnets to be made so that each female convict will be represented by a bonnet. If anyone is interested the links below shows the ceremony and some additional information about the artist, Christina Henri that is organising this exhibition. http://home.vicnet.net.au/~mgfhs/convictbonnets.htm
cheers for now
Marina

4 comments:

the Koyle's said...

Wow! That is beautiful! Great job!!

Micki said...

Hi Marina,
Thanks so much for stopping by and I love your blog. I made a convict bonnet, and if you look at my blog, you will see several posts about it and also a pic of mine. It was a wonderful cause and I am still in contact with Christina, who is planning on coming to Ireland soon.
I do love yours and enjoyed reading your posts.
Micki
In Ireland

aussiequilter said...

your bonnet is beautiful.Great job cheers teri

marina said...
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