Beneath the veneer: furnishing Queensland interiors in the late 19th century


Colonial Australians were generally known for their staunch loyalty to British goods and fashions for the furnishing of their home interiors. As the Australian colonies approached Federation, growing local manufacturers, including furnishings businesses, argued that a new nationalist loyalty should drive consumers to "buy local".

Using a number of case studies for Brisbane, Tracey Avery focusses on the complex issues of politics, climate, labour and economics that impacted on the furnishing choices of Queenslanders.

Tracey is Director, Strategy and Policy at Heritage Victoria, a Victorian State Government agency within the Department of Planning and Community Development. She was a Co-Project and Curatorial Manager, James Cook Museum, Cooktown for the National Trust of Queensland and was Cultural Heritage Manager at the National Trust of Australia (Victoria).

This was an Out of the Port free lunchtime talk, presented by the State Library's John Oxley Library and the Department of Environment and Resource Management (now Department of Natural Resources and Mines).

When: Wed 21 Sep, 2011. 12.30pm
Where: slq Auditorium 2, level 2, State Library of Queensland
Duration: 00:51:16 minutes

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