The Rum Corps – Barbados Cotton Linen

Print: The Rum Corps
By Mark Cawood

Fabric Width: 135cm
Fabric Weight: 138gsm
Hand printed in our studio in Leichhardt as a 2 colour print on 60% linen 40% cotton.

Suitable for: Clothing, curtains/blinds, lampshades, tablecloths, craft, soft furnishings, light upholstery.

Fabric is sold in 50cm increments

Orders of multiple increments are cut as a continuous length


18 in stock

This stylised sugar cane design takes its name from the disreputable crew of brigands that overthrew the NSW governorship of William Bligh in the infamous 1808 Rum Rebellion.
With money being in short supply in the early settlements of NSW a complex barter system developed, with rum being the most sort after method of pay. The NSW Corps became heavily involved in this barter system, earning themselves the Rum Corps nickname.
In an effort to control the rum trade ‘Bounty’ Bligh was brought in as governor, unfortunately he met his match in John Macarthur. Macarthur had risen to power while serving in the NSW corps and now controlled a considerable amount land and rum in NSW. For 2 years Bligh attempted to impose order on the colony and take down Macarthur. His efforts lead to him being hauled out from under his bed and arrested in Australia’s only every successful military coup.

Our fabrics are sold in continuous meterage going up in 50cm increments

Samples are not available on sale fabrics

Treat this fabric with love and it will love you back! Cold gentle machine wash, drip dry in shade, warm iron. Avoid the tumble dryer and dry cleaner.


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