Bellevue Road house
Bellevue Hill NSW
The dining room of this Bellevue Hill house was decorated in 1968 with wallpaper and matching nylon curtains screen-printed by Florence Broadhurst Wallpapers as well as joinery painted in complementary colours. The owners had purchased the house in 1967.
Florence Broadhurst was a significant designer and manufacturer of wallpaper in Australia in the second half of the 20th century. She and her staff produced around 550 designs between 1961 and her death in 1977. She first operated as Australian Handprinted Wallpapers at Crows Nest, Sydney, until July 1969 when the company name was changed to Florence Broadhurst Wallpapers. In June 1969 operations moved to the Roylston Street studio at Paddington. Many of Broadhurst's designs were specially commissioned by clients in Australia and overseas. According to regular advertisements in magazines like Australian House & Garden, curtains, blinds and ceramic tiles could also be printed with the firm's designs to create a matching interior.
The dining room was photographed in 1994 prior to the auction of the house. In 1995, the owners donated the curtains, rope tie-backs and tassels to the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection.