2021 Triennial Award ~ Walzing Matilda

The NAC has decided to reduce the number of categories for the 2021 Awards in an effort to provide better competition across the categories.

The categories will be –

  • Group Entry – any technique
  • Bobbin Lace
  • Needlelace
  • Other – can include mixed techniques
  • Novice – has never won an award anywhere for Lacemaking (to include Junior lacemakers)


You can download the application form here.

We encourage all entrants to explore the theme in all it’s wider aspects.

Did you know –

The lyrics to the title were most likely written by Andrew Barton (Banjo) Patterson, then a prominent Sydney Solicitor whilst staying at Dagworth Station in the Winton area of Queensland in August or September 1895 with his fiancé and her friend Chris Macpherson whose brothers ran the Station.

The phrase was popularised by Germans on the goldfields.  The music is from a Scottish ballad called “Thou Bonnie Wood of Craigielea” which Chris used to pluck out on a zither or autoharp.

Winton in Queensland is currently the home of the Waltzing Matilda Museum where there are extensive displays relating to outback life including the birth of Qantas, which was announced in November, 1920 with the first Board Meeting being held in Winton in February, 1921.

If you have any questions please contact the Triennial Co-Ordinator


(Tasmania) 2018 Winners ~ Theme: Footsteps

Used With Permission from the Queen Victoria Museum.


Judges Choice ~ Footsteps of Fire by Zanna Antonova


Members Choice ~ Daily Footsteps by Melanie Bartlett


Peoples Choice ~ Footsteps of the Ancestors by Bridgett Fairchild


Winner: Needle Lace ~ Dark Cats by Dinah Hales


Winner: Tatted Lace ~ Two Left Feet by Leonie Martinson


Wnner: Crochet Lace ~ These Boots are made for Walking by Maree Langley


Wnner: Knitted Lace ~ Small Steps by Christine Beswick


Winner: Net Based Lace ~ On the Beach by Pat Michelle


Winner: Mixed Lace ~ Can Can by Leonie Martinson


Winner: Group Lace ~ Footsize Footsteps on a Footstep from South Australia
24 pairs of feet by 24 lacemakers. Please click for all 24 feet.

Recent Triennial Themes and Winners


Past Triennial Themes

  • 2000: Tasmania ~ Heirlooms, Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow
  • 1997: Victoria ~ Victoriana
  • 1994: New South Wales ~ Lace to Wear
  • 1991: Queensland ~ Australiana
  • 1989: South Australia ~ Nature


In 1984, Gabrielle de Mestre Pond urged the Lace Guild to hold a competition for lace designed with an Australian theme. Gabrielle also donated the prize, an antique Brussels lace bertha collar. The winner was voted by the members after publication of the entries. In 1989 the competition was redefined, introducing a judging panel and different lace categories and so the Triennial Lace Award was born.

The awards are held once during each three year term of the NAC.