Kingston’s Vision: South Australia’s Enigmatic Red Gum Bookcase

Red gum bookcase, attributed to G. S. Kingston as the designer, made by Thomas Bell, for the Corporation of the City of Adelaide, March 1841. (Sam Noonan)

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.

Bookings essential by phone/email.

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Event Details

Finished

Venue information

  • Bookings required

  • Wheelchair access

Event type

Talk

Dates and times

Tue 30 Apr, 6pm (approx. 45 mins)

Location

Radford Auditorium, rear of Art Gallery SA, North Tce, Adelaide

Cost

Free

Booking

Bookings essential by phone/email.

Contact

Justin Gare
0401 124 992
jgare [at] internode.on.net

Event capacity

150
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