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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