Early Sealers and Whalers

 stitched by the Marlborough Guild


From the guild
The panel depicts not only the motifs from the old whaling industry, but also the newer emblems of conservation today. There are now whale spotters with binoculars instead of harpoons, and many visitors with cameras, while seals bask unmolested on the rocks along our shorelines. Paikea and the whale, from Māori mythology, are prominent at the edge of the panel, and provide a bridging path to the conservation image today.


Artist: Alex Gilks

Names of embroiderers:
Marlborough Guild
Janet Armstrong
Beverley Brayshaw
Roslyn Bridges
Janet Briggs
Jackie Bant
Petra Doneth
Margaret Foxton
Glenys Fry
Noeline Gribble
Judith Hutton
Fay Johnstone
Beth Knudsen
Anna Leove
Jeanette Lund
Barbara McNabb
Claire North
Alison Register
Jak Roberts
Dorothy Rodgers
Gayle Rosier
Sue Walbran
Beverley Webb

Kaikoura Guild
Dianne Adams
Betty Bittle
Pat Bradshaw
Mavis Cleall
Joyce Croucher
Winnie Hood
Margaret Pugh
Jeanette Thornton

Started: May 2013
Stitching completed: October 2014