Captain Molly's table, Dorothy Erickson

Vol 41 no 4, Nov 2019
Article from Vol 41 no 4, Nov 2019

Captain Molly's table, Dorothy Erickson


This is the tale of a table and desk, the first an historic table made by a master craftsman who as an apprentice is reputed to have made one of Queen Victoria’s wedding presents as well as a chair presented to the Queen of Spain. This man made our table in Western Australia from native jarrah for a well-known Western Australian pioneer, John “Handsome Jack” Molloy, once rumoured to have been the illegitimate son of one of Queen Victoria’s “wicked uncles”. The second is a desk, also of jarrah, made for Molloy’s daughter a few years later. The pair provide an interesting slice of Western Australian colonial history.

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