Book review: Denis Lake, ‘The Men Who Made The Celebrated Chairs‘, John Wade
The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston claims that Peddle chairs are “Tasmania’s best known antique”, so that probably justifies a book about them. And who better to compile it than Denis Lake, a Launceston furniture restorer, who can combine research with his detailed practical knowledge of furniture making. George Peddle (1855–1933), a Windsor chair maker originally from High Wycombe, 50 km west of London, arrived in Hobart in 1884, where he established a workshop at Austin’s Ferry before moving his operations to Launceston in 1888, then to Nabowla 35 km to the north-east in 1894. George’s brother-in-law Harry Hearn (1856–1932) joined him at Nabowla in 1895.