25 Sep 2022

Navy stories captured on one special quilt

From Standing Room Only, 1:31 pm on 25 September 2022

The Royal New Zealand Navy has a new taonga - a quilt sewn by 12 serving and retired female naval personnel with each of the 49 squares telling a story of their time in service.

Those stories cover 6 decades, with the sewers aged from their 30s to their 80s.

It's taken 18 months to complete, with the sewers repurposing old navy uniforms, buttons and braid to create the squares.

It's about to be shown to the public in an exhibition called Threads Through Time at the Torpedo Bay Navy Museum in Devonport.

Lynn Freeman spoke to two of the contributors - Chief Petty Officer Fiona Carter who's working within Fleet Personnel at the Devonport Naval Base, and to Sandy Watson who served in the Navy as an Able Signals Wren 1969-71, and then in the 1980s with the Reserves. 

Threads Through Time opens to the public at Auckland's Torpedo Bay Navy Museum on the 1st of October as part of the Auckland Heritage Festival.