Wallpaper find in Tasmania


The recent discovery in Tasmania of an amazing mid-19th century wallpaper - see the ABC news story - made us look back through our own wallpaper collections.

The Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection (CSL&RC) holds a number of wallpapers from the same period and some are equally ‘wild’ in design. The intense colours and extremely ‘busy’ pattern made us wonder how our ancestors were able to live with such vigorous wallpaper designs. By comparison to today, we are clearly timid when it comes to colour and pattern! And like the wallpaper found in Tasmania, the CSL&RC wallpapers are all fragments salvaged from historic buildings, but mainly in NSW.

Read our story about a wonderful local find of mid-19th century wallpapers in the Sydney suburb of Pyrmont.

About the Author

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Michael Lech
Michael Lech is curator of the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection (CSL&RC) and online collections at Sydney Living Museums.

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Media release

Meroogal Women’s Art Prize 2020 Winners’ AnnouncementWednesday 23 September 2020

The Meroogal Women’s Art Prize celebrates the creativity of female artists in NSW. The 2020 Winners were announced at a modest event at the Meroogal house museum.

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20/CUR003 Assistant Curator (Projects)Monday 21 September 2020

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Rouse Hill Estate

Play along with us: House Music at Your HouseMonday 17 August 2020

We invite you to join us in a new musical experiment, bringing the music of the 19th century into the 21st century. We’ve delved into the hundreds of popular songs that survive in the collection at Rouse Hill Estate and we’ve also asked some brilliant musicians to help you explore these pieces of music from their homes and in our historic houses.