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Heidelberg’s Busy Bee Signature Quilt, 1895-96

Square D2

Quilt square D2


Max Cumming


This square represents Gilbert Maxwell More Cumming (1895-1919).

Further information

Max was a babe in arms when the quilt was made. He was the third surviving son of Captain and Mrs Cumming, living at 2 Forster Street, Williamstown. (Their second son, George Robertson Cumming, had died as an infant in 1893.)

His father, Captain George Cumming, has a square at [K9].

His mother, born Annie Smith of Templestowe, has a square at [K13].

One of Max’s aunts was the Busy Bee, Christine Smith - see [Central].

His two brothers also have squares on the quilt. Don is at [E11] and Andrew is at [J4].

Max was accepted for enlistment for World War 1 in November 1918 but the end of the War meant that he was not required. Despite receiving a good health report at his enlistment medical examination, he died in June 1919. We wonder if he was a casualty of the Spanish Flu.

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