Gunnedah Embroiderers’ Guild's sesquicentenary wall-hanging now on display

The sesquicentenary work has a new home at Gunnedah library. Photo: Vanessa Höhnke

The sesquicentenary work has a new home at Gunnedah library. Photo: Vanessa Höhnke

An embroidery work commemorating 150 years of Gunnedah has now found its permanent home on public display in the history section of the Gunnedah Shire Library.

The work was created by the Gunnedah Group of the Embroiderers’ Guild NSW and will be celebrated at a morning tea on Tuesday, July 17 at 11.30am.

The unique work was embroidered by 22 members of the guild for Gunnedah’s sesquicentenary and features three panels illustrating the landscape, wildlife, industry and well-known local icons in 50-year periods.

Take a close look at the embroidery and you will see the first train leaving town, the original hospital, as well as The Civic, baker’s store and Union Bank. Gunnedah’s agricultural development also heavily features on the piece, with birds, tractors and crops all familiar sights, as well as the present day with mines, saleyards and more.

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The wall-hanging was originally suggested by Gae Swain who was mayor at the time. The group used satellite images to design an impression of the local area and paid fine attention to detail, choosing colours that were as close to real-life objects as possible. The labour of love was presented to the community at the Gala sesquicentenary celebrations.

Now deputy mayor, councillor Swain said the panels “bring Gunnedah to life right before your eyes” and is a must-see for people those in Gunnedah’s history.

“The members have cleverly stitched the many aspects of the Gunnedah shire together in one stunning piece and it’s only fitting that it be on display for the whole community to enjoy. I encourage everyone to take the time out to see the embroidery,” she said.

A local history group meets at the library on the second Wednesday and fourth Friday of every month at 10.30am. Call the library on 02 6740 2190 for more information.