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Heidelberg’s Busy Bee Signature Quilt, 1895-96

Square N16

Quilt square N16

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Miss Blanshard

Summary

Miss Blanshard was the daughter of John Blanshard (aka Blanchard), of Ivanhoe and Heidelberg Farm Dairy, near Banyule House.

Further information

During 1894-96 Blanshard's farm was one of several Heidelberg properties frequently crossed by the Melbourne and Burwood hounds in various hunts through the district. Miss Blanshard regularly participated in the local hunts. The Melbourne Sportsman, 21 August 1894, proclaimed the ‘young lady resident of Heidelberg rode fearlessly in the front, and deserved great credit for the very able manner in which she handled her horse over the stiff timber.' She rode her father's brown mare, Countess, in the hunts of mid-1896 and also at the Royal Agricultural Society's Spring Show (jumping and equestrienne events) in September 1896. In December 1896 she won the Second Best Lady Rider prize in the Kilmore Agricultural and Pastoral Society's Annual Show.

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