English made (slave trade) dog necklace with original key and engraved name tag Saturday, Jan 30 2016 

Purchased at the recent MossGreen auction in Hobart, from the Stillwell collection. Our friend Warwick Oakman did the valuations for the collection and noted that these were extremely rare and made similar to the other collars made for the slave trade.

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My friend and antique mentor – Bruce McLeod passed away in Sydney last Thursday Monday, Dec 21 2015 

Survived by his Jamacian wife Odette and his children who are all very well set up because of his astute buying and selling over his sixty year career. He was from Adelaide and I first met him in Brisbane when only a youngster working for Harcourt Howard. He went on to live in Trinidad, England and then Sydney where he ran his business from the matt black painted Victorian three story shop on South Dowling Street that was chokers with everything Chinese, European and English, of very high standards. He summoned me to Sydney one day tempting me with something he said he’s never offered to anyone else – the MacKenzie bookplate collection. I even knew where it was hidden in his shop but had never asked him what was in the timber leather bound boxes that looked more like books. Many of our Sydney friends have become his clients after we have introduced him to them – Vale my friend “Brucie” . . .

QAG|GOMA christmas market day Sat November 28th 2015 Sunday, Nov 29 2015 

We were very happy to bump-in our studio stock for this one day event, well attended even though there were other events close by: The CBD had a “Brisbane climate march”, An ‘etsy’ craft market in the City Hall. Heiser Gallery had an opening for “Bandwagon” showing Robert Moore, Reg Mombassa, Jeff Raglus, Stephen Mok. A private “baby shower” that drew some of our regular clients. Certain hard core mates showed up after those events as well . . .

Very thrilled with all the sales and visitors, many who have also set down our studio sale dates as well.  (Sat December 12 and Sun December 13). Happy with the cross postings / likes via Facebook and Instagram and thanks to K.T. & Karl for sending a Julius pizza over for our lunch, so we managed to keep up a dual presence at our stand.

Just purchased the family albums and scrap books from two early, sophisticated Brisbane families – all intact thanks to the dealer who found them Sunday, Aug 16 2015 

I’m always torn between leaving these family photographic records intact or breaking up the contents into the folders I have of local studio photographers. I’m fortunate to have boxes of just lovely blank albums also. The scrap albums are quite fantastic also, the earliest one is the largest format and each page must be 600gsm stock, stitch bound with the most bright Victorian lithography. As I work through this hoard I’ll scan and post highlights – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8  – thanks to Michael Allen for thinking of me.

04/08/2015 – unusual weather over the entire eastern states of Australia Sunday, Aug 16 2015 

Snow fell in Tasmania right down to ground level, it blanketed everywhere – another neighbour sent us a shot of our Tunbridge shop & residence:

I’ve finished my artwork + I’ve done the publicity material for the artists as well Wednesday, May 13 2015 

“Stories in Small Spaces” is about filling your own 100mm H x 100mm W x 100mm D cube with an artwork/artworks. Initiated by Studio West End and showing at Impress Gallery, Kedron opened by Liana Heath on Friday June 5 2015. Download the invite – here.  Thirty artists took up the challenge – Wim de Vos and Foremost Plastics assisted me with my piece. The smallest (eye) objects I have in my Urban_Archaeology collection just fell into my cube but needed an explanation and title. A larger .pdf of my piece is here. We hope to see you all at the opening so do save the date!

there are boxes still, I admit . . . but I am outa there! Saturday, May 2 2015 

IMG_4933During the month of April 2015 I went from a filled storage space to a sparse cube!

Every magazine is out of our lock-up and is being sold Friday, Apr 24 2015 

Eve Harmon who ran Condé Nast publications in Australia in 1983 wrote a letter to creatives and socialites informing us that Vanity Fair was being published again – starting with Volume 47 #1 in March of that year.

In the first edition ‘Fanfair’ lead article by Calvin Trillin he muses “My curiosity about the new Vanity Fair has been dominated by one question: Why wasn’t I asked to subscribe?.” “Plenty of people were. I happen to know one J.E.Curr Jnr., who describes himself as the publisher of Vanity Fair, sent letters to any number of people informing them by name (Dear Mr. Upscale) that his magazine wasn’t meant for everyone but for only a handful of bright, literate people.” . . . so the first issue appeared and then disappeared.

The first twelve years kept me enthralled and here they all are, being sold as one job lot to the first person who promises the dollars . . .

Two days of posting and selling magazines via Facebook is zooming Friday, Apr 10 2015 

I’ve got news for you, between the two world wars in the northern hemisphere boys and girls weren’t afraid of a little sun on their willies . . . so who wants these issues? Call me on 0431 464 470.

We toured the property called ‘Heathfield’ on Davey Street Hobart Saturday, Feb 14 2015 

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Warwick Oakman hosted a dinner to bring us together, they are high class antique & antiquity dealers from Freemantle, WA who have been restoring their very expansive early colonial building for the past twelve years. Mark Howard (left), Barbara and Les Lauder (right). The following day we met again and had the most detailed tour of their works and furnishings, which I have to admit was breathtakingly divine. For privacy’s sake I’ll hold back on details – rest assured we all got on like a house on fire. Their shops are here to view and do spend the time to dig deep into their web offerings.

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