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Heidelberg’s Busy Bee Signature Quilt, 1895-96

Square K11

Quilt square K11


J. B. Littlejohn


This square appears to represent Mr James Bentley Littlejohn (c.1838-1904), Manager of the Clifton Hill branch of the London Bank of Australia Ltd.

Further information

James Bentley Littlejohn was born in Scotland, the eldest son of Aberdeen banker William Littlejohn.

He married Caroline Trimble McNeill in 1871. They had three daughters, all born in the regional Victorian town of Ararat: Jessie Bentley Littlejohn (b.1872), Anne Isobel Littlejohn (b.1873) and Aline Charlotte Littlejohn (b. 1876). Aline died as a two-day-old infant. Jessie married Samuel Lewis in 1883.

The Sands & McDougall Directory of 1895 records that James B Littlejohn was the resident manager of the ‘North Fitzroy’ (i.e. Clifton Hill) branch of the London Bank of Australia Ltd, at 376 Queens Parade.

On Friday 14 February 1896, Mr Littlejohn and his wife (of Clifton Hill) were guests 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 Alec Donaldson [B15] and his sisters, and Mr and Mrs Mackinnon, [B5] and [A4] respectively.

James’ wife Caroline died in 1901, and he died in the Melbourne suburb of Parkville in 1904.


Marriage: BDMV 250/1871.

Births of daughters: BDMV 103/1872, 21430/1873, 123/1876.

Mercury and Weekly Courier, 15 March 1894, p. 2.

Sands and McDougall’s Directory, 1895, p. 884.

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

Death of Caroline, his wife: Argus, 11 April 1901, p. 1.

Death: BDMV 817/1904 and The Age, 12 February 1904, p. 1.

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