Clara Bate (nee Hughes) was born in 1859 to John and Annie Hughes. John Hughes was farmer who originally resided in the Bathurst region, but later moved to Ginkin.

Clara married Frank Picton Bate in 1884 and moved to his property, 'Frankfort’. The couple established a guesthouse which was located close to the Jenolan Caves.

Bate apparently worked on a quilt throughout her life. It is thought that after Clara’s death in 1914 her sister Emma completed the quilt. The double size quilt was passed on through generations of the Hughes family.

The quilt was donated to the Powerhouse Museum.

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