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Vol 45 no 1, Feb 2023
Peter Harley: Queensland Folk Wood Carver
By Glenn R Cooke   |   February 2023   |   Vol 45 no 1

A quite remarkable amount of wood-carving was produced in Australia, in the framework of the Arts and Crafts movement, at the beginning of the 20th century which is, and remains, unidentified. If we don’t have a provenance we can look at stylistically similar works, such as Queensland’s Harvey School,...

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Vol 44 no 4, Nov 2022
H.A. Nielsen, Art Cabinet Maker, of Port Douglas, North Queensland
By John Wade   |   November 2022   |   Vol 44 no 4

Many colonial woodworkers, often trained in Britain or Europe, came to Australia and discovered the vast variety of native timbers suitable for carving or for making furniture and timber articles. Jewellery ‘book boxes’ made from several contrasting North Queensland timbers and bearing the stamp of ‘H.A. ...

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Vol 44 no 3, Aug 2022
H C Simpson and his popular art
By Glenn R Cooke   |   August 2022   |   Vol 44 no 3

While the artist H. C. Simpson (1879–1966) depicted subjects such as Mount Warning in northern NSW, his output is emphatically linked with the early years of the ‘Gold Coast’ and specifically the resort towns of Coolangatta, Currumbin and Tweed Heads. Although his work is not held in particularl...

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Vol 44 no 2, May 2022
President’s update
By Colin Thomas   |   May 2022   |   Vol 44 no 2

What an outstanding event the Sydney Basin Tour proved to be! While I have detailed this verbally and via personal email, it would be completely remiss of me not to publicly thank Robert Hannan, Peter Crawshaw, Andy Simpson and Tim Cha for their outstanding efforts in planning and delivering a wonderful event. ...

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Vol 44 no 1, February 2022
Rosa Fiveash’s Quarantine Camp 1919: a not so new ‘normal’
By Jo Vandepeer   |   February 2022   |   Vol 44 no 1

A small watercolour painting reveals remarkable similarities between the 1919 pandemic and that of our times.

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Vol 44 no 1, February 2022
Teaching artists by copying the Masters
By David Hansen   |   February 2022   |   Vol 44 no 1

In the Middle Ages and Renaissance, workshop and guild traditions were based on the principle of emulation, with apprentices learning by copying the works of their masters. In painting, the practice was gradually regularised and systematised in the curricula of emergent national academies of art, beginning at t...

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Vol 44 no 1, February 2022
John Glover through the Claude Glass
By Glynnis Stevenson   |   February 2022   |   Vol 44 no 1

English painter John Glover once owned two Italian landscapes by the French painter known as Claude Lorrain. Claude's work prompted artists and tourists to view landscape in terms of art, so they would often look at 'Picturesque' scenery reflected in a tinted convex mirror known as a ‘Claude glass’, simulat...

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Vol 44 no 1, February 2022
President’s Update
By    |   February 2022   |   Vol 44 no 1

I trust all members had an enjoyable festive season with the family and friends they were fortunate enough to be able to see. As I have stated all too often, COVID never ceases to amaze with the number of twists and turns it continues to deliver. Who would have ever thought that, with the vaccination levels mos...

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Vol 43 no 2, May 2021
Casuarina Timbers in Australia
By David Bedford   |   May 2021   |   Vol 43 no 2

One of the most distinctive timbers in Australia comes from trees known by their common name as casuarinas. In botanical taxonomic terms, there are actually two main genera growing in Australia: Allocasuarina and Casuarina. A third genus, Gymnostoma, is restricted to far north Queensland. The timber characteris...

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Vol 42 no 3, August 2020
An early Australian mourning brooch
By Gregory Street   |   August 2020   |   Vol 42 no 3

A gold mourning brooch to commemorate the passing of John Hillas in 1847 at Bannaby (or Bunnaby) near Taralga in southern tablelands of NSW is typical of the early Victorian era and many similar pieces come up for sale today (plates 1-2)1. Black enamel surrounds a central glass-covered locket that most likely w...

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Vol 40 no 1, Feb 2018
Mr Head's brass tray
By John Wade   |   February 2018   |   Vol 40 no 1

Years ago I bought a brass tray with gum leaves on it. I turned it over and saw that the maker had incised on the back “Hand Made R. Head Cremorne”. At the time, the name meant nothing to me. Then I found another one, without a maker’s name, but in the Arts & Crafts style and with similar features: the sa...

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Vol 40 no 1, Feb 2018
A message from the President
By Jim Bertouch   |   February 2018   |   Vol 40 no 1

In October this year, the Australiana Society will turn 40, and I am very pleased to announce that we will be recognising this important milestone in a number of different ways. However it is worthwhile remembering that when the Society was founded in 1978 there was very limited interest in Australian decorativ...

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Vol 39 no 2, May 2017
Gladys Osborne's portrait miniatures
By Megan Martin   |   May 2017   |   Vol 39 no 2

In 2012, the very substantial archive of the late Leslie Nicholl Walford AM (1927–2012) was acquired by the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection. Walford was one of the most influential interior designers in Australia, especially in society circles in Sydney. He was widely known through his weekly n...

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Vol 39 no 2, May 2017
A Macquarie-era sideboard
By Warwick Oakman   |   May 2017   |   Vol 39 no 2

The star item of furniture in the late Caressa Crouch and Carl Gonsalves collection was a cedar sideboard, of very early date, made about 1815–20. The sideboard, which they loved and had left virtually untouched, summed up all that was exceptional in Caressa and Carl’s collection, which focused on Tasmanian...

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Vol 37 no 4, Nov 2015
Book review: Tony Kanellos (editor), ‘Out of the Past: views of the Adelaide Botanic Garden - a series of Edwardian Era Postcards'
By Jean Sim   |   November 2015   |   Vol 37 no 4

The extended title for this splendid visual feast is a catalogue to accompany the exhibition Postcards from the Edge of the City at the Santos Museum of Economic Botany, 9 December 2014 to 26 April 2015. As a catalogue this book contains the front and back sides of 300 postcards published between 1900 and 1917.

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Vol 37 no 2, May 2015
Finding Firnhaber treasures
By Trevor Hancock   |   May 2015   |   Vol 37 no 2

Colonial Australian jewellery is rarely marked with the name of its maker or retailer. Perth jewellery dealer Trevor Hancock sticks his neck out and attributes several pieces to the German-born Adelaide jeweller C. E. Firnhaber, based on stylistic similarities of the works. All of them are illustrated here.

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Vol 37 no 2, May 2015
By David Kelly and Brian McHenry   |   May 2015   |   Vol 37 no 2

The first update to my book Convict and Free: the Master Furniture-makers of NSW 1788–1851 will be available on CD in December, with at least two new chapters, on Thomas Mercer Booth and John McMahon. However, Australiana members may be interested to learn now that a reader from Ireland has provided me with d...

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Vol 36 no 3, August 2014
Book review: Jean Fornasiero & John West-Sooby, 'French Designs on Colonial New South Wales'
By Prof. John Ramsland   |   August 2014   |   Vol 36 no 3

A lengthy title, but for a magnificently appointed book. It not only provides a translation of Péron’s memoir for the first time, but insightfully explores every relevant nook and cranny of colonial history of the period. The book is considerably enhanced by art works and contemporary maps, particularly thos...

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Vol 36 no 1, February 2014
Australian cartography: a numismatic perspective
By Peter Lane   |   February 2014   |   Vol 36 no 1

For centuries, coins and medals have depicted maps of Australia, although rarely if at all have they been studied by scholars. Perhaps this is because of their limited contribution to cartography, as they were used mainly in a political sense. Perhaps collectors and academics are simply unaware of their existen...

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Vol 30 No 3, August 2008
Ruth Simon (1924 - 2008)
By John Hawkins   |   August 2008   |   Vol 30 No 3

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Vol 27 No 1, February 2005
Vol 26 No 4, November 2004
Vol 26 No 2, May 2004
Vol 25 No 4, November 2003
Australia at Montreal
By Simon Jackson   |   November 2003   |   Vol 25 No 4

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Vol 25 No 3, August 2003
Vol 25 No 2, May 2003
Vol 19 No 3, August 1997
Vol 15 No 2, May 1993
Vol 10 no 3, Aug 1988
Vol 10 no 1, Feb 1988
Achille Simonetti, Sculptor
By Daina Fletcher   |   February 1988   |   Vol 10 no 1

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Vol 10 no 1, Feb 1988
Vol 10 no 1, Feb 1988
Vol 9 no 1, Feb 1987
An Australian Chesterfield
By Christina Simpson   |   February 1987   |   Vol 9 no 1

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Vol 7 no 4, Oct 1985
Vol 6 no 3, Jul 1984
Vol 4 no 4, Oct 1982
Vol 1 no 3, Sep 1979
Hints on Cleaning Furniture
By Andy Simpson   |   September 1979   |   Vol 1 no 3

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The Australiana Society acknowledges Australia’s First Nations Peoples – the First Australians – as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this land and gives respect to the Elders – past and present – and through them to all Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.