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Heidelberg’s Busy Bee Signature Quilt, 1895-96

Square B14

Quilt square B14




Further research may be required into the person represented on this square. It is very possible that 'Muriel' is Muriel Rebecca Anstruther Davidson Donaldson (1891-1961), eldest daughter of John Anstruther Davidson Donaldson and Mary Ann Bennell who were living in Sandringham by 1896.

Further information

John Anstruther Davidson Donaldson was the youngest son of John A Donaldson (1827-1905) and his wife Anstruther Davidson (1827-1864) of Bellevue Ivanhoe and is presumably the J A D D at [A10].

After leaving school, JAD Donaldson went to work for Samuel Bennell (1838-1895), [E2], and in 1890 married the boss’s daughter, Mary Ann Bennell (1864-1934). The young couple initially lived in Clifton Hill where two daughters, Muriel Rebecca (1891-1961) and Margaret Alexandra (1893-1990) were born. They then moved to Sandringham where their next three children were all born: John Samuel (1896-1917), Mary Amy Isabella (1898-1996) and Victoria Dorothea (1901-1982).

The four (or five) year old Muriel Rebecca Anstruther Davidson Donaldson has additional relatives who are represented on the quilt. Muriel was:

For further information on the Donaldson family, click here (opens a PDF).

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