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Vol 45 no 3, Aug 2023
The Squatter’s Delight, or ‘A Man’s Chair’
By Robert Griffin   |   August 2023   |   Vol 45 no 3

Robert Griffin makes the case for the introduction of the squatter’s chair – a robust easy chair with swing-out leg rests – as an idea imported from India in the early 19th century. These chairs found a home on the shady verandahs of homesteads, particularly in Queensland and NSW, where the lan...

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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 43 no 3, August 2021
Victoria’s earliest potteries
By Gregory Hill   |   August 2021   |   Vol 43 no 3

Greg Hill’s new research, using contemporary newspapers and other resources now easily available on Trove, has found a raft of previously unknown potteries operating in Victoria in the 19th century. These push back the dates of Victorian pottery manufacture into the 1840s. Many examples of these wares however...

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Vol 43 no 2, May 2021
German wood carvers in Tasmania
By John Wade   |   May 2021   |   Vol 43 no 2

In the 1930s, Henry McPherson, a former Clerk of the House of Assembly, told this story about William Peter Briggs, an employee of Whitesides, and the 1856 Governor’s (now President’s) Chair... This story is apocryphal. Though we normally think foremost of German immigration to South Australia, a German shi...

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Vol 43 no 1, February 2021
The Goulds in Tasmania
By John Wade   |   February 2021   |   Vol 43 no 1

In 1832, John Gould produced A Century of birds from the Himalaya Mountains, the plates ‘drawn from nature and on stone by E. Gould’, and five years later, five volumes on the birds of Europe with 448 lithographic plates, most by Elizabeth Gould with 68 by Edward Lear. The bird specimens his brothers- in-la...

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Vol 43 no 1, February 2021
South Australian mid-19th century merchants’ tokens
By Peter Lane   |   February 2021   |   Vol 43 no 1

When small change was hard to obtain, some merchants minted and branded their own unofficial currency. Tokens were used as normal currency, accepted by everyone everywhere until British coins became readily available. Copper ‘token’ pennies and halfpennies were circulating in all the Australian colonies in ...

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Vol 41 no 1, Feb 2019
A table for the Asylum, New Norfolk
By Philip Reid   |   February 2019   |   Vol 41 no 1

You might easily pass by, without noticing, a basic item of furniture with little decoration or character, but a closer look can be revealing. Dr Philip Reid brings to life a small pine table, through a paper label pasted underneath, which reveals its maker, date, means of delivery and destination – the Hospi...

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Vol 40 no 4, Nov 2018
Mary Ives: transported for 14 years
By Megan Martin   |   November 2018   |   Vol 40 no 4

Megan Martin researches the historical background of an 1833 convict love taken, a rare example made for a female convict, and reveals a sad tale of migration and family separation that resonates today.

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Vol 40 no 3, Aug 2018
Using hide glue to repair antique furniture
By David Bedford   |   August 2018   |   Vol 40 no 3

David Bedford cautions against using modern glues for antique furniture restoration, recommending instead that you stick with old-fashioned animal glues.

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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 40 no 1, Feb 2018
A Rats of Tobruk carved panel
By Peter Lane   |   February 2018   |   Vol 40 no 1

A Rats of Tobruk wood panel falls under the category of “trench art”: decorative objects made by soldiers, prisoners of war, or civilians that are directly linked to armed conflict or its consequences. This term is a misnomer as these objects were rarely, if ever made in the trenches. Many were made from sc...

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Vol 38 no 4, Nov 2016
Kangaroo mechanical toys
By John Wade   |   November 2016   |   Vol 38 no 4

Many fields of collecting remain undocumented in Australiana, despite nearly 40 years of publication. Australian toys are just one area that has been neglected and under-researched. Children grow up and usually grow out of their children’s toys. Their toys – especially soft toys and books – often get dog-...

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Vol 38 no 1, Feb 2016
Ernest Worrall and his Anglo-Boer War khaki keepsake
By Peter Lane   |   February 2016   |   Vol 38 no 1

Dr Annette Gero’s article “Wartime quilts” in the May 2015 Australiana stimulated Peter Lane to contact her about an Anglo-Boer War keepsake. Trooper Ernest Worrall of South Australia had drawn images and words on this rather small scrap of khaki fabric in 1902. Mementoes of that war are rare and Dr Gero ...

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Vol 37 no 3, Aug 2015
Sir Donald Bradman and Withersfield
By Christine E Jackson   |   August 2015   |   Vol 37 no 3

Cricket is in the news with the Ashes being played in England. Sir Donald Bradman (1908–2001) is respected as the world’s best and most famous cricketer, both in Australia and the United Kingdom. His grandfather, Charles Bradman, lived in the small Suffolk village of Withersfield until he emigrated to Austr...

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Vol 37 no 3, Aug 2015
Eureka and Victoria's chair of state
By Robert La Nauze   |   August 2015   |   Vol 37 no 3

In the 19th century, an appropriately draped “chair of state” under a canopy was deployed on formal occasions when the monarch or her vice-regal representative was present. These chairs were conspicuously larger than any surrounding chairs, acknowledging the status of the occupant. Dr La Nauze traces the hi...

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Vol 37 no 1, February 2015
By Christine Erratt, Bob Fredman, and Jill Roy   |   February 2015   |   Vol 37 no 1

On 1 January 2014, the University of Ballarat and the Gippsland campus of Monash University amalgamated to form Federation University Australia. The ceremonial mace formerly used at the University of Ballarat is currently in use as the ceremonial mace for the new university... It was not John [Joseph] Thomas Ha...

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Vol 33 no 1, February 2011
Vol 32 no 2, May 2010
Vol 31 no 4, November 2009
Reflections on glass part 2
By Mal Harrop   |   November 2009   |   Vol 31 no 4

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Vol 7 no 1, Jan 1985
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.