Historical information

A number of crocheted and embroidered articles were donated to Flagstaff Hill Museum by Betty Stone who advised that they cover a period of three generations from Sarah (nee Chamberlain) Lees, Ann (nee Lees) Dale, and Daisy Elvena (nee Dale) Welsh. All three were accomplished needlewomen, both Sarah Lees (born 1844) and her daughter, Ann (1865) these women crocheted a wide variety of articles for use in their homes. Today we have a few surviving examples of their skill that has survived the years. In the collection is a baby's crocheted bonnet that is finely crocheted and made by Sarah (nee Chamberlain) Lees and is at least one hundred years old. Due to the condition of the original ribbon ties, they have been replaced with new ribbon. There is also a table runner with insertions, tray cover the subject item and various Dollies, sauce bottle covers etc. These articles were made by Sarah Lees or her daughter Ann (nee Lees) Dale. Other items comprising the collection is a pair of embroidered pillow shams, and various embroidered mats. These items were made by Betty Stones mother Daisy (nee Dale) Welsh. For additional information regards these early pioneering families see note section this document.


This item and others in the collection donated by Betty Stone are significant for their associated with early Warrnambool pioneering families of Chamberlain, Dale and Lees. These families are listed in the "Pioneers' Register" for Warrnambool Township and Shire, 1835-1900, and published by A.I.G.S. Warrnambool Branch.

Physical description

A pair of white pillow shams , rectangular in shape with shallow scalloped crochet edge, Made by Daisy Walsh (nee Dale) (Chamberlain Dale Lees Collection)

Inscriptions & markings

Swallow and floral embroidery pattern