Eryldene, the historic home on Sydney’s north shore built by Professor EG Waterhouse and designed by William Hardy Wilson, was the venue for a furniture restoration workshop organised by the FHS in November.
Furniture conservator Ben Stoner and former TAFE Teacher of Cabinetmaking and furniture historian Alan Perry demonstrated the correct methods of cleaning and finishing furniture, as well as showing how to undertake minor repairs.
A capacity audience listened with great interest and enjoyed morning tea in the house’s beautiful garden – regarded as the Australian home of the camellia – provided by Eryldene’s volunteer workers.
Some years back, the FHS established a donations fund, and I had the pleasure of advising the Assistant Manager of Eryldene, Denise Tart, that the FHS will be making a donation of $1,000 to the Eryldene Foundation to assist with the conservation of the house’s extensive furniture collection.
Coincidentally, Alan Perry, a committee member of the FHS since its establishment in 1996, and Treasurer and Public Officer since 2000, has resigned.
Alan has done a tremendous job and has the warmest thanks of all members of the Society, who I am sure will wish him and Jan the very best for the future.
This of course creates a vacancy on the NSW Committee. The AGM for 2014 will be held in 2015 (details to come) and I urge all members to consider nominating for a position on the Committee – particularly the position of Treasurer.
Very best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.
Furniture History Society (Australasia)