SEWING sessions will be held in New Norfolk over the next two months to make bonnets in memory of female convicts who spent time in the New Norfolk Asylum, now known as Willow Court, during its time as a convict hospital in colonial times.
In support of the larger “Roses from the Heart” bonnet project, the Friends of Willow Court and Glen Derwent are hosting weekly session to make bonnets to commemorate the convict women of New Norfolk. The bonnets will be displayed at Willow Court as part of an event organised by the Friends of Willow Court, to mark the 20th anniversary of the closure of the hospital site in November.
“Currently it is known that 200 women were convicts at the asylum, and it is expected more will be identified,” Friends of Willow Court spokeswoman Anne Salt said. “Further bonnets will be created by next year, so that each of the transported convict women can be remembered, and their bonnets displayed within New Norfolk through the ‘Roses from the Heart’ bonnet project,” Mrs Salt said.
People wanting to take part in the weekly sewing sessions, to be held from 10.30am-2.30pm on Mondays until November 30, need only to bring scissors and a needle. “If attendees have any buttons, ribbons, lace, doilies etc that they would like to donate to the Roses from the Heart project, they will be greatly appreciated to be used in embellishing the bonnets,” Mrs Salt said.
For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0419213232, or contact Glen Derwent on 0427 480 057. Participation can be registered on Facebook.