Advice manuals – the self-help books of the 19th century – provide a rich source of information about domestic and social life in the era.
Marion Hall Best, known professionally as Marion Best, was one of Australia’s pre-eminent interior designers and her first major commission was the fit out of the new apartment block, Seven Elizabeth Street, in 1939–40.
The history of convict transportation to Australia is peppered with tales of escape.
A Suffolk countrywoman turned Hawkesbury midwife; twice sentenced to death and twice reprieved; transported to New South Wales in 1801 and transformed after her death into a romantic literary heroine
Between 1953 and 1986, the Society of Interior Designers of Australia (SIDA) staged nine exhibitions of model rooms, each room designed by an interior designer.
The Society of Interior Designers of Australian (SIDA) was a local expression of an international movement. The label ‘designer’ rather than decorator was used by a professional body as early as 1936 and SIDA saw itself as advancing the new profession.
A small group of interior designers first met in December 1950 at the Woollahra home of Marion Hall Best to form a society to raise the standard of interior design in Australia.