Commended in the Local History Small Publication Award, 2019 Victorian Community History Award.
This award recognises the best small publications or or e-books which feature Victorian local, cultural or social history.
Until now, the earliest date for pottery manufacture in Victoria was thought to be the 1860s. The first successful British settlement in Victoria was in 1834, quite a way into the convict era of pottery which ended in 1870. Victoria, it was thought, had completely bypassed the ‘convict potters’ and started with a period of earthenware manufacture, along the lines of Staffordshire wares. Nothing could be further from the truth as this magnificent books sets out to remedy. 90% of the material in this book is previously unknown and is the product of 7 years of meticulous research by Greg Hill. It is a beautiful detailed book full of glorious photographs, maps, diagrams and erudition. A must for all lovers of Colonial pottery and decorative arts.
Greg Hill’s interest in Australian pottery began with the clearance of his grandparent’s house in the early 1960s. The rooms were full of Victorian furniture and ‘clutter’. Greg has been a collector of Australian pottery for 44 years and an antique dealer for 28. Today he is recognised as the leading authority on both Australian Colonial Pottery and Australian Art Pottery.
First Edition 2019