Celebrating Easter with our collections
Do you enjoy the annual Sydney Royal Dog Show at the Royal Easter Show? Here is Dora Byrne, a well-known Sydney socialite, with her champion dachshund at the Sydney Royal Agricultural Show in 1956. Dora Byrne (also Dora Walford) kept dogs throughout her life – wire-haired fox terriers in the 1930s and miniature poodles and miniature long-haired dachshunds in the 1950s. Leslie Walford, Dora’s son and a respected interior designer, sometimes cautioned his mother that it was not chic to keep too many dogs!
Are you planning to don or decorate a hat over Easter? Easter is a time of renewal. Traditionally, Christians purchased fashionable new attire, particularly new bonnets, around this time to mark the end of Lent. This stylish olive green velvet bonnet belonged to Bessie Rouse, the grand lady of Rouse Hill House & Farm. Trimmed with beads, ribbons and gold braid, Bessie wore her bonnet for the first time in April 1895 – 124 years ago! According to a recent article in Vogue UK, ‘hats are enjoying a resurgence as a new generation of wearers take up the habit’.
These colourful Easter covers for the The Home magazine were designed by Douglas Annand, a popular and well-known Australian graphic designer. The Home began as a quarterly magazine in 1919 but by 1920 was printed monthly until 1942. Established by tastemaker and artist Sydney Ure Smith, it advocated good design in the home and garden.
You can view our complete archive of original The Home magazines and their colourful covers in the Caroline Simpson Library at The Mint on Macquarie Street.