Kingston’s Vision: South Australia’s Enigmatic Red Gum Bookcase
In 2017, a colossal red gum bookcase appeared on the market, a quintessential sleeper from nearly 180 years ago, inspiring a classic colonial ‘whodunnit’. An objects conservator unravels the twists and turns which led to the identification of South Australia’s earliest surviving piece of furniture. It’s mystery solved to reveal one of Australia’s most significant pieces of colonial furniture. The bookcase, an extraordinary achievement of cabinet making in the fledgling colony, encompasses the collective optimism and the eventual despair of the boom and bust of Adelaide in 1841. Presented by Justin Gare.
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