Rajah quilt-1841 The Rajah left England with convict women destined for prison in Australia. Many had resorted to the oldest known profession to feed their families. The British Ladies Society for the Reformation of Female Prisoners led by Elizabeth Fry, gave convicts fabric and sewing supplies to occupy time on their long trip by learning sewing skills, therefore avoiding the men’s decks. The quilt was made on the long journey to Australia and presented to the Governor's wife in gratitude.

09 119802 - British makers on board the Rajah en route to Hobart 'The Rajah quilt' 1841

The inscription on the quilt reads "To the ladies of the convict ship committee. This quilt worked by the convicts of the Ship Rajah during their voyage to Van Diemens Land is presented as a testimony of the gratitude with which they remember their exertions for their welfare while in England and during their passage and also as a proof that they have not neglected the ladies kind admonitions of being industrious. June 1841

The inscription on the quilt reads "To the ladies of the convict ship committee. This quilt worked by the convicts of the Ship Rajah during their voyage to Van Diemens Land is presented as a testimony of the gratitude with which they remember their exertions for their welfare while in England and during their passage and also as a proof that they have not neglected the ladies kind admonitions of being industrious. June 1841

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The Rajah Quilt, made on board the Rajah, a convict ship that transported 180 women to Van Diemen's Land in 1841.  My ggg-grandmother Grace Stephens was one of the convict women on board.

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