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Author in-conversation: Robert La Nauze on George Thwaites & sons

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24 Aug 2017

Join author Robert La Nauze for a talk 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.

Published by NewSouth Publishing in association with State Library Victoria.

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.

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