Mat, embroidered, linen / cotton, 'Souvenir Centenary', maker unknown, Australia, 1888
An oval souvenir mat with loosely hand crocheted edging. There are two small sprigs of flowers at the centre of the long sides, one pink and one yellow.
Embroidered at one end is a portrait of a military man with brown hair and a moustache in a uniform stitched in yellow. His face and hands have been stitched in pink and he is holding two flags on flag poles - an Australian flag and a Union Jack, both embroidered in only red and white. Encircling him is a floral design with a red waratah on the Australian Flag side and a red rose on Union Jack side. This circle also features some smaller red and yellow sprigs, green leaves and a white bow.
At the other end of the mat is a red scroll with the words "Souvenir Centenary" embroidered in white. Two flourishes of floral motifs and leaves fan out away from the scroll and are tied together with a white bow.