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Heidelberg’s Busy Bee Signature Quilt, 1895-96

Square E16

Quilt square E16


James Crawford


The person represented here is mostly likely James Brownlie Crawford (c.1855-1901), a well-known and highly successful poultry breeder from Alphington. Mr and Mrs JB Crawford were members of Scots Church Heidelberg and attended the Church’s anniversary celebrations in 1898.

Further information

A ‘Mr Crawford’ is listed as holding two seats at Scots Church in 1893-1896. The 1898 Members’ Roll lists ‘JB Crawford’ as a member. It is assumed that these are one and the same people.

Originally from Peebles, Scotland, James Crawford married Jeannie (Mary Jane) Irish (c.1850-1921) in 1879. The couple do not appear to have had any children. It is likely that Jeanie Crawford is the J Crawford on [D13].


James Brownlie Crawford: BDMV 4462/1879, 13551/1901.

Mary Jane Crawford: BDMV 15080/1921.

‘Marriages Crawford-Irish’, Argus, Saturday 20 December 1879, p.1.

‘Anniversary of Scots Church Heidelberg’, Mercury and Weekly Courier, Wednesday 13 October 1897, p.3.

Scots Church Heidelberg: ‘Seat Rents 1 April 1893 to 31 March 1894’; ‘1 April 1894 to 31 March 1895’; ‘1 April 1895 to 31 March 1896’.

‘Members Roll, Scots Church Heidelberg, 9 October 1898’.

‘Fanciers at Home Mr JB Crawford’s Alphington Poultry Yards’ by ‘Hotspur’, Weekly Times, Saturday 11 April 1896, p.35.

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