Banks: the inside story, Robert La Nauze

Vol 40 no 2, May 2018
Article from Vol 40 no 2, May 2018

Banks: the inside story, Robert La Nauze


The design and manufacture of a writing desk for the Bank of New Zealand, Dunedin (1879–83). We are familiar with immigrants trained in Britain or Europe coming to Australia and continuing their craft, or with Australian artists travelling to Europe to learn and expand their skills and ideas. Rarely have we looked at exchanges and collaboration across the Tasman. Dr La Nauze outlines the interchange among bank architects and the building and furnishing trades by exploring who designed and made an extraordinary Australian cedar writing desk for a New Zealand bank.

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