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Beechworth Town Hall Tapestry

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by Jennifer L (subscribe)
I am a keen traveller. Currently rediscovering my own backyard and the rest of Australia. I enjoy nature, history and the quirkiness of what the world has to offer.
Published March 30th 2021
On a recent visit to the Beechworth Tourist Information Centre, I came across the Beechworth Town Hall Tapestry. When entering the grand building that houses the information centre, which is to the left, I headed straight ahead as there was an open door which intrigued me. I entered the room and found myself looking at the Beechworth Town Hall Tapestry, which hung directly infront of me.

sketch, tapestry, Leonie Bessant, Robyn Daw.
Sketch of tapestry

The tapestry was designed by Leonie Bessant. It was woven in wool by weavers Leonie Bessant and Robyn Daw. The tapestry took three months to weave on the loom sideways. It was completed in 1988 for the Bicentennial Celebrations.

weaving, tapestry, wool
An example of weaving.

Funds were raised by the community and private donations, whose names are listed on a donor board opposite the tapestry, along with State and Federal Government grants.

tapestry, gold era, community
Dimensions: 2200mm X 2400mm

The room that houses the tapestry is also well worth a look as it is decoratively painted.
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When: Daily. 9:30 am - 4:30pm Hours may vary especially on public holidays
Phone: 1300 366 321
Where: 103 Ford St, Beechworth VIC 3747
Cost: free
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