Korean quilt on display



A QUILT to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War will be on display at the Grafton Community and Function Centre next month.

The Korean War Honour Roll Quilt is the brainchild of former Ulmarra resident, Olywn Green.

It was made over the past two years in the Coleraine district, western Victoria, by women in the Coleraine Sit and Sew Collective.

The quilt commemorates the 340 Australian servicemen who died during the Korean War.

Mrs Green was the widow of Lieutenant Colonel Charles Hercules Green DSO, who she met at her father's newsagency in Ulmarra when she was 17.

Mr Green was born in Grafton in 1919 and was Commander of the 3rd Royal Australian Regiment during the Korean War, until he died from wounds received from a shell fragment in November, 1950.

The couple married in 1943 and Mrs Green wrote her husband's biography, The Name's Still Charlie, which was published in 1993.

The Korean War Honour Roll Quilt was designed by leading Australian textile artist Meredith Rowe, who studied Korean textile design.

Comprised of three sections, the quilt lists those killed in the Korean War, the musical notes of The Last Post, and a topographical map of the main battlefields in Kapyong, Korea.

The quilters used Korean fabric and thread, and were inspired by Korean design techniques.

An exhibition will be on display from the Australian War Memorial and the Korean National Tourism Organisation on June 17 to 27 at the Grafton Community and Function Centre.



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