Australian Citizenship Quilt Project

The response to the Australian Citizenship Quilt project was tremendous with contributions from Australians of all ages and from every state and territory.

More than 400 quilt squares were contributed and although we decided to construct two quilts - the Australian Citizenship Quilt and the accompanying Young Australian Citizenship Quilt, which required a total of 280 squares - sadly, we were not able to use them all. Selection was made based on a number of criteria including meeting the technical specifications and balancing colour and design.

However, all squares and stories will be included on this website and become part of the National Historical Collection held by the National Museum of Australia.

Both quilts were unveiled by the former Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, the Hon John Cobb MP, on Friday 16 September 2005.

On display

In 2006 the quilts toured around Australia to the Australasian Quilt Convention in Melbourne, and the 2006 Australian Craft and Quilt Fairs held in Hobart, Broadbeach, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and Adelaide.

The Australian Citizenship Quilt project has been donated to the National Museum of Australia. We are grateful for the Museum’s expertise in preserving this important piece of history for all Australians to enjoy.

View the Quilts

Australian Citizenship Quilt

Australian Citizenship Quilt

Australian Citizenship Quilt brochure (286KB PDF file)

Young Australian Citizenship Quilt

Young Australian Citizenship Quilt

Young Australian Citizenship Quilt brochure (351KB PDF file)

Thank you to all contributors

Thank you to every contributor to the Australian Citizenship Quilt project, we value your squares and stories.

Click below to view all squares and stories received from each state and territory:

  • ACT (1.7MB PDF file)
  • NSW (3.6MB PDF file)
  • VIC (1.6MB PDF file)
  • QLD (1.8MB PDF file)
  • WA (1.9MB PDF file)
  • SA, NT & TAS (1.2MB PDF file)