Signatures from the Front
The Agnes Hansen WW1 Signature Quilt will be on display for the first time in six years.
This is arguably the most important object in the Williamstown Historical Society’s collection.
In 1916 Mrs Agnes Hansen came up with the idea of sending blank calico squares to her son, Captain Stewart Hansen, who was fighting overseas and asked him to collect the signatures of other service men and women he met and then to post them home to be included in a quilt. When the squares arrived back in Williamstown, they were carefully embroidery by the women of the ANZAC Club.
The display will be accompanied by stories about some of the signatures on the quilt and their links to Williamstown.