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

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21/ACP054 Curator, City MuseumsWednesday 6 October 2021

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Talks

Making the Most of YourselfMonday 18 October 2021

Join CSL&RC librarian Dr Matthew Stephens, assistant curator Marina Grilanc and the State Library's Margot Riley for a discussion on domestic advice manuals, the 'self-help books of the 19th century.' This event is being hosted as part of Rare Book Week.

History Extension Online Seminar

 

The Project: History Extension Online Seminar 2021Thursday 14 October 2021

We are thrilled to announce bookings are now open for our online History Extension seminar, presented in partnership with the State Library of NSW.

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Hospitality Partner Opportunity at Museum of SydneyWednesday 13 October 2021

A rare opportunity awaits a strategic & innovative restauranteur, catering and hospitality service provider at the Museum of Sydney.