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Heidelberg’s Busy Bee Signature Quilt, 1895-96

Square B15

Quilt square B15


A. R. T. D.


It is likely that this square represents Alexander Robert Thomas Donaldson (9 March 1877 - 22 July 1955).

Further information

Alexander was a son of John and Isabella Donaldson of Bellevue, Ivanhoe. He attended Scotch College in East Melbourne from 1890 to 1892.

On Friday 14 February 1896, ‘Mr Alec Donaldson’ was a guest, with his sisters, at an “At Home” hosted in the Northcote Town Hall by the Mayor and Mayoress of the Northcote Borough Council, Cr and Mrs TH McLean [A1]. Other guests at this social event included Rev. Duncan Fraser, Busy Bees Mrs AE Fraser and Mrs McCracken [Central], Mr Littlejohn [K11] and his wife, and Mr and Mrs Mackinnon, [B5] and [A4] respectively. Alexander would have been approaching his 19th birthday at this time.


Obituary of George Alexander Donaldson (1919-2011, New Zealand), Great Scot, December 2011. This obituary includes information about some other boys in the Donaldson family who attended Scotch College, including George’s uncle, Alexander. Viewed online, 10 November 2019. https://www.scotch.vic.edu.au/community/publications/great-scot/2011-december/obituaries.aspx

‘Social’, Table Talk, 21 February 1896, p. 11.

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