Beechworth Town Hall Tapestry — a community project instigated by Beechworth Arts Council in 1983 — was completed for Australia’s bicentennial celebrations of European settlement in 1988.
The design was developed by Leonie Bessant from the Victorian Tapestry Workshop with the reference materials assembled by people across the Beechworth community. It was woven in wool and took two three months to complete was produced sideways on the loom.
Funds were raised by the community and from state and federal government grants and private donors. Donors names are shown on the wooden board on the wall opposite the tapestry in the Town Hall.
The completed tapestry was unveiled on December 2, 1988, by the project patron and television presenter Bill Peach – one time the compere of ABC’s This Day Tonight, the precursor of the 7:30 Report.