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Last Sunday, Parliament House in Melbourne was open to the public as the final event in the Victorian Women Vote celebrations.  I had an interest in these centenary celebrations as several of my forebears were signatories to the Monster Petition to Government seeking voting rights for women.

I have always had a bit of a passion for tiles and tiled floors….

and as a patchworker, the designs just scream quilts at me!


Naturally, when there are so many beautiful tiled floors right through the House, I just had to grab a few shots – these are all taken on the second floor above the main sitting chambers.


The floors areas at the stair bases and along the corridors are covered by these wonderful designs and are quite extensive – to give you an idea of size the small blue and white triangles in the above picture are about 2&1/2″ square.


This stunning section was the perfect size for a bed……

The staff kindly moved out of shot so I could have a clear view of the whole panel.


Another full sized bed quilt just waiting to be reproduced!


This was the view over the balcony above the main entry Vestibule – a magnificent testament to the tilers art!  As you can see by the size of the people in the shot, this is a large expanse!

I had a wonderful afternoon prowling the corridors of power, indulging in Government issue scones, jam and cream in the Member’s Dining Room and surveying the wonderful gardens at the rear of the House.

I could not, however, pass up the chance for a political comment:


One wonders whether this was a not so subtle hint from within his own ranks, or a cheeky member of the party in power at present!


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