Starting from bottom right – following a tip-off over dinner from master architectural sleuth & antique dealer, Warwick Oakman, we then arranged to met him at 40 Brisbane Street Hobart early the following morning and removed an 1831 internal staircase from the demolition site. With the help of expert Woodbury House restorer, Alan Cooper we will entirely dismantle it and rebuild it in reverse at Tunbridge.

Next we stripped and sanded 5 doors from upstairs, we dismantled, removed paint, repaired and meth-washed all the wide skirting boards and almost finished the architraves in situ. We have briefed a soft plasterer as well on the next stage, upstairs.

Lovely Victorian keyed safe found in Launceston and an entire hoard of steel from the oldest home in Tunbridge – the Tunbridge Wells Inn (also a blacksmiths) – a departing gift from Margaret & Jack Sonneman who are heading for southern Tasmania to build all over again.

Top pic, bottom right – Mahogany George III bedside table and an original 1700 oak, joined and dowelled gate-leg table with beautiful patina, both from Clive Hanks at the Glue Pot, Ross. Final preparation on the reeded fireplace for the upstairs drawing room and the last shot of Barb with the hot-gun doing the first stage of paint removal. Under the three coats of paint we found the original ochre wash which we will re-do maintaining both the green-blue and orange tints.

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