There were certainly government spies who were going through the camp. Several days earlier, a group of women whose husbands were working in the goldfields had begun to stitch the flag. Author and historian Clare Wright says while it's commonly believed that three women worked on the flag—Anastasia Hayes, Anastasia Withers, and Anne Duke—she believes there was at least one more, Eliza D'Arcy. She also doubts the commonly held belief that the flag was stitched in just one day.
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Ms Wright says that after 10 years of research, she's convinced work on the flag began on 24 November, , when miners were first notified of the 29 November protest. There were certainly government spies who were going through the camp and it would have been noted if somebody had have seen this very large and non-national flag,' Ms Wright says.
In , Mrs D'Angri was a needlecraft teacher at a Ballarat school when the city's mayor asked her if she wanted to help stitch a flag. Mrs D'Angri agreed, not knowing what the flag was. I thought, "my goodness, what have I taken on? I got down on my knees to feel the fabric and thought, "isn't it beautiful?
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She spent an entire school holiday fortnight working on the flag from 9 am to 11 pm, alone in the Art Gallery of Ballarat. I really thought I was there back in the goldfields.
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While working on the conservation project, Mrs D'Angri felt a pin prick. When she turned the flag over to see what it was, she found a pin used in the original stitching of the flag hidden in a seam.
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Ms Wright says the pin helped to establish that the flag was made by women. Pins of that type formed a typical part of midth century women's sewing kits. The pin's discovery also helped debunk an alternative theory: that the flag was made at a tent-making company by men. It wasn't until after Mrs D'Angri finished working on the flag that she learned she was a descendant of Anastasia Withers. However, Ms D'Angri says she's glad she didn't know she was related to Anastasia Withers while she was working on the flag, otherwise she would have spent much of her time admiring the stitching. As part of the th celebrations, which will take place on 3 December, MADE has organised the recreation of the stitching of the flag.
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Digital delivery to your. Walmart eBooks App. Sold by Kobo. On 3 December a bloody battle between gold miners, soldiers and police raged for fifteen minutes at the Eureka Lead in Ballarat. But this brief conflict, which had been brewing for years, would have momentous consequences overturning the accepted social order and bringing democracy to Victoria. About This Item We aim to show you accurate product information. Manufacturers, suppliers and others provide what you see here, and we have not verified it.
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