'Mama taught be sewing'
Quilt by Marguerita Dobrinin
||Emelia Dobrinin was born in Omsk
to a miller. After the Russian revolution, she moved to Harbin, a predominantly Russian
city now then in Manchuria. After suffering the privations of Japanese occupation during
the Second World War, Emelia, her husband and two children, were offered passage to
Australia thanks to STUMF. They settled with other Russians in Yarwun, a small Queensland
hamlet near Gladstone, where they grew paw paws. Emelia made Russian pastries for the
opening of Turn the Soil. Below is a quilt made by her daughter, Marguerita, who
runs Gladstone's craft shop.