Furniture the focus of next Port Arthur Talk

March 15, 2011

What can the stories of Tasmania’s early furniture tell us about our history? Find out in the next Port Arthur Talk, when Robyn Lake discusses Trade trails: the convict cabinetmakers transported to Van Diemen’s Land during the Assignment era, 1803-1839.

Through the stories of some of these cabinetmakers, this talk explores both the changing circumstances under which skilled convicts assigned to government service served their sentences, and what access colonists had to this valuable resource.

Robyn and her husband Denis Lake’s extensive research into Tasmania’s furniture history covers the manufacture, importation, sale and use of furniture up until 1930. Robyn’s current research is centred on documenting the contribution of the more than 500 convicts with furniture trade related skills who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land during the first 50 years of European settlement

ALL WELCOME

Wednesday 23 March, 2011 at 5.30pm

Junior Medical Officer’s Conference Room, Port Arthur Historic Site

Admission Free

Port Arthur's Museum Houses contain examples of furniture from Tasmania's convict period

Port Arthur’s Museum Houses contain examples of furniture from Tasmania’s convict period

The drawing room of the Commandant's House reflects elegant comfort

The drawing room of the Commandant’s House reflects elegant comfort

This handsome clock is in the Commandant's House

This handsome clock is in the Commandant’s House