Migration has shaped the history of both Scotland and our chosen destinations, sometimes positively, often negatively.
The first Scottish settlers arrived in Australia in 1788, including three of the first six Governors of New South Wales: John Hunter, Lachlan Macquarie and Thomas Brisbane. A steady rate of Scottish immigration continued into the 20th century.
Colonialism had an ugly face: emigration to Australia had a devastating impact on indigenous Abroiginal communities, who were massacred without mercy during the land grab by British settlers (who would nowadays be described as illegal immigrants).
Some Aborigines refer to funeral and mourning practices as Sorry Business. The design of this quilt alludes to ceremonial poles, and uses Aboriginal-designed fabric bought in Alice Springs, Australia.
c. 1.8m x 2.1m