Dr Annette Gero, one of Australia's leading quilt historians, has been documenting and collecting quilts since 1982. She has travelled throughout Australia giving lectures, curating exhibitions of Australian quilts and documenting quilts . She gained her PhD in 1982. In 1986 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts (London) in recognition of her work on Australian quilt history. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the International Quilt Study Center, Nebraska, USA and an Associate Fellow; Founder and Patron of the Sydney Quilt Study Group; Past President of the Quilt Study Group of Australia; member of the American Quilt Study Group since 1985, Lecturer, the Australian Academy of Decorative Arts, and her contribution to the history of Australian quilting has been documented in the Archives of the National Library of Australia. Canberra. She has lectured on quilt history in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, France and England, and exhibited quilts at the Musee De L'impression Sur Etoffes, Mulhouse France; the Musee des Traditions et Arts, Normandy, France; the International Quilt Show in Houston, USA , Berlin Folk Art Museum, Germany and the European Quilt Symposium, Alsace, France.
She has published two books “Historic Australian Quilts” and "The Fabric of Society. Australia's Quilt Heritage From Convict Times To 1960" published by The Beagle Press.
She is perhaps most highly regarded for her own Australian quilt collection of quilts which has been called a National Treasure. More recently however, her collection has diversified to include woolen quilts from around the world, in particular intarsias and quilts made by soldiers . Many of these were exhibited in the first exhibition of intarsias held in the Berlin Germany in 2009 and are the basis of her new book “War Quilts and Quilts made from Military Fabrics to be published 2015.