Patchwork Prisoners is a study of the
180 female convicts who were transported on the convict ship
Rajah from England to Hobart in 1841. It is also a study
of the Rajah Quilt and the convicts who may have been
involved in making it during their voyage to Van Diemens Land.
The role of Miss Kezia Hayter, the ship's Matron, in making the
quilt is also explored. The Rajah Quilt is the only
surviving quilt made by female convicts on their voyage from the
United Kingdom to Australia. It was found in a Scottish attic
in 1987 and gifted to the National Gallery of Australia in 1989.
The study is a valuable reference and resource for historians,
genealogists and family historians.