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Heidelberg’s Busy Bee Signature Quilt, 1895-96

Square D11

Quilt square D11


J. H. F.


The person represented is likely to be James Hamilton Fraser (1858-1932), the eldest son of Reverend Duncan Fraser and Anna Elizabeth Fraser (nee Reay).

Further information

James Fraser’s parents are both represented on the quilt: Reverend Duncan Fraser in the Central square, and Anna Elizabeth Fraser (nee Reay) also in the Central square and probably at [E17] as well.

Born in London, James migrated to Australia with his parents and several siblings in 1862. James was educated at Scotch College and the University of Melbourne. He became an engineer with the Victorian Railways and from 1909 to retirement in 1918 was the Chief Engineer with the Way and Works Branch.

His mother and his sister Lottie were two of the Busy Bees [Central]. Lottie also contributed square [E15].

Several other siblings contributed squares: his elder sister Elizabeth is thought to be at [J1] and [K4], and was perhaps also responsible for the squares relating to Shakespeare - see [D1], [D5] and [C17]. Another sister, Frances, is at [J11]. His brother Duncan, also an engineer, is at [L1].

James married Marguerite (nee Erikson) and they had three children.

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