Rectangular Tray Cloth by Tilly Aston
Rectangular Tray Cloth
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Object in the collection of Vision Australia
This rectangular shaped tray cloth made from cotton and silk thread, was made by Tilly Aston, sometime in the 1920s. The centre piece is cream coloured and consists of two layers of pulled thread work. The cloth is edged with a beige coloured lace border.
Tilly Aston’s achievements are formidable. In 1894 she founded the Victorian Association of Braille Writers, which became the Victorian Braille Library. In 1895, she co-founded the Association for the Advancement of the Blind, which in became Vision Australia. As well as being the first woman who was blind to be admitted to an Australian university and Australia's first blind teacher, Tilly was a distinguished and critically acclaimed writer, producing seven books of verse. Tilly received a Commonwealth grant for her writing in 1935, and the King’s Medal for Distinguished Citizenry twice.