From the 1840s until the 1950s the Australian economy ‘rode on the sheep’s back’. John Macarthur was a key player in the establishment of this industry in Australia. In 1789 he immigrated to the colony of New South Wales and in 1794 commenced experiments in wool growth by cross breeding sheep. This lecture will look at the role Macarthur played in the establishment of the early Australian wool industry.
REBECCA EVANS is an Assistant Curator at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), Sydney. She is founding member of the Australian Dress Register. Rebecca has worked on projects including LOVE LACE: Powerhouse Museum's International Lace Award (2011), A FINE POSSESSION: Jewellery and Identity (2014), and is currently curating an exhibition of Australian colonial dress, opening mid-2016. Her previously lecture at The Johnston Collection was COLONIAL FASHION | Wearing identity (2015).
SCOTTISH STUDY SERIES | BY YON BONNIE BRAE is presented by well-known art, social and cultural historians, the Scottish Study Series By Yon Bonnie Brae will explore the artistic social and cultural worlds where art, fashion, interiors and design meet. The lectures and events will consider how historical and contemporary international and local artists connect with their contemporaries and convey meanings that celebrate culture in the making.
The Johnston Collection would like to acknowledge the encouragement and support of Dr Alison Inglis, Associate Professor, Art History Program, University of Melbourne with the development of the Scottish Study Series.
This lecture is generously supported by The Friends of The Johnston Collection.