Banksia Curtain Design

The design ‘Banksia’ was created by Nance Mackenzie, who with business partner Anne Outlaw, operated Annan Fabrics between 1941 and 1954. The two women screen-printed their own high quality textiles, many of which were notable for their large, bold, colourful interpretations of Australian flora and fauna. Annan Fabrics operated in the crafts tradition and was a significant contributor to the Australian textile scene during and immediately after World War II. The 'Banksia' design was famously purchased by English actress Vivien Leigh in 1948 on an Australian tour with her then husband Laurence Olivier; the design was also made up into curtains for the dining room at Parliament House in Canberra. This item is held at the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection.

Gift of Colleen Morris. Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection, Sydney Living Museums. Photo © Jamie North.