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Bligh, Marjorie Alfreda Willis (1967) Photographs of knitted story blanket. [Image] (Unpublished)

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Photographs of knitted story quilt/blanket. Marjorie has always been renowned for her “stickability”. As a young woman she handknitted eighteen jumpers for a Campbell Town football club. In the northwest Tasmanian township of Redpa, in the 1960s, Majrorie took less than three months to complete this ambitious “story quilt” bedspread. “I started a knitted bedspread on the 1st July 1967 and completed it on the 9th October the same year. It has 78, eleven inch squares, and 720 tassels around the edges.”(Danielle Wood). “Marjorie Bligh is Tasmania’s queen of the household scene. Often referred to as “Australia’s Mrs Beeton” or “Tasmania’s Mrs Beeton”, she was born Marjorie Pearsall, in 1917, in the Tasmanian midlands township of Ross. In her self-styled career as a housewife superstar, she married three times and produced six books on cooking, home economics, craft, history and gardening. She published her signature household manual under all three of her married names: Marjorie Blackwell, Marjorie Cooper and Marjorie Bligh. A pioneer recycler, Marjorie has for several decades been renowned for her spirited campaign against useful resources being poured into landfill. Famous for never wasting a thing, she has converted thousands of used pantyhose and plastic shopping bags into reusable items. It has long been rumoured that Marjorie was an inspiration for Barry Humphries’ Dame Edna Everage. Marjorie lives in Devonport in a house that incorporates a small museum where she displays her handcrafts, scrapbooks and other treasures. She is 94 years old.” [Danielle Wood 2011]

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Keywords: marjorie, bligh, tasmania, housewife, superstar, Devonport, Campbell Town, Ross, domestic, cook, crafts, handicrafts, home, hints, handy, home-made, recycled, re-used, knitting, crochet, sewing, gardening, helpful, pictures, blanket
Additional Information: Photographs taken by Gillian Ward from exhibition 'Housewife Superstar', Morris Miller Library, November - December 2011.
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2012 02:45
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:28
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/12704
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