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Heidelberg’s Busy Bee Signature Quilt, 1895-96

Square C15

Quilt square C15


Clement Blunt / G.long


Clement Blunt (1824-1899) migrated from England, arriving in Melbourne in 1850. He established a successful boat-building business in Geelong from 1858.

Further information

In Melbourne, Clement Blunt married Sarah Josephine (née Emerson, 1834-1911). Their eldest son, also named Clement, established his own boat-building business in Williamstown in 1887. His brothers kept the Geelong business running after their father’s death. The firm of “C Blunt Boatbuilder” has continued to operate in Williamstown where the sheds from c. 1913 and the slipway system are registered by the Heritage Council of Victoria.

The business is now (2021) in the hands of Greg Blunt, a direct fifth-generation descendant of the first Clement Blunt.

The two decorations on this square are almost as hard to interpret as the writing of Clement’s name. We suggest that they are associated with Clement’s maritime activity. One could be a single-masted yacht under sail. The other could be a waterbird, possibly a cormorant drying its wings.


C Blunt Boatbuilder, ‘Our History’ webpage (consulted 20 May 2021).

Jack Champ, The wind is free : a history of the Royal Geelong Yacht Club, 1859 - 1988, Geelong, Victoria, Royal Geelong Yacht Club, 1989. See the first few pages of chapter 3, available HERE.

James Smith, ‘C. Blunt Boatbuilder: Surviving the slings and arrows’, Australian Heritage, pages 74-79. (Presumably 2008. We are researching this further.)

Victorian Heritage Database: H1885.

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