24 August 2017, 11:00am–12:15pm
|Location||Red Rotunda, Cowen Gallery|
|Accessibility||Has wheelchair access|
Join author Robert La Nauze in conversation with Graeme Davison on Made to order, his new book on colonial cabinet makers George Thwaites and sons, whose handcrafted furniture added style and grace to the buildings of 'marvellous Melbourne'.
From magnificent cedar desks in Victoria’s banks, to breakfront bookshelves in country residences and fine furniture still used today at Government House, Made to order celebrates the furniture made by Thwaites and his sons – revealing the lives of not only the owners but the artisans, whose contribution to the fabric of colonial and Victorian society has been largely overlooked until now.
Made to order: George Thwaites and sons, colonial cabinet makers is published by NewSouth Publishing in association with State Library Victoria.
About the speakers
Robert La Nauze is a practising artist who previously worked in research and technology management for the energy and extractive mining industries. His biography of William Thwaites, Engineer to marvellous Melbourne (2011), was shortlisted for the 2012 Victorian History Publication Awards.
Graeme Davison is Emeritus Sir John Monash Distinguished Professor in the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies at Monash University. He is an urban and social historian interested in the uses of history for public policy. His publications include The rise and fall of marvellous Melbourne (1978 and 2004), The unforgiving minute: how Australia learned to tell the time (1991), The use and abuse of Australian history (2000) and Car wars: how the car won our hearts and conquered our cities (2004).