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Leather Buggy Rug

10/11/2017

Possum Skin Rug

” It was made by Catherine Roberts for her marriage to William Oliver at Braidwood on 13 July 1887. They moved to Goulburn and lived there till 1934. It was given to their son Wm.Clifton Oliver when he married English girl, Ethel Bottomley in Sydney in 1920. They moved to various places in NSW with

10/11/2017

Kangaroo Skin Rug

Russell McNickle shot the kangaroos on Milthorpe’s property ‘Walanthray’ Hillston NSW with a 22 calibre BRNO rifle in 1958. The skins are from the big red, the grey, the black scrubber and/or the blue flyer. No licence was necessary to shoot the roos. Russell salted the skins down and they were then taken to the

10/11/2017

Dingo Skin Rug

John Coman still traps dingoes in the Delegate district of southern NSW where they continue to destroy farmers’ sheep. He currently sets about 50 traps and has caught 30 dingoes in the last 6 months, all pure bred. The skins in this rug were wattle bark tanned by Sid Bayliss in Tumut NSW who was

10/11/2017

Possum Skin Rug

The rug was used in the 1920s but is thought to be much older. There was another one with black rabbit fur edging. Francis and Kathleen Burns lived in Mayfield Newcastle from the time of their mariage in 1914 and they also had a holiday house at Duchy’s Bay, Nelson Bay where the rug was

10/11/2017

Kangaroo Skin Rug

Russell McNickle shot the kangaroos on Milthorpe’s property ‘Walanthray’ Hillston NSW with a 22 calibre BRNO rifle in 1958. The skins are from the big red, the grey, the black scrubber and/or the blue flyer. No licence was necessary to shoot the roos. Russell salted the skins down and they were then taken to the

10/11/2017

Kangaroo Skin Rug

Russell McNickle shot the kangaroos on Milthorpe’s property ‘Walanthray’ Hillston NSW with a 22 calibre BRNO rifle in 1958. The skins are from the big red, the grey, the black scrubber and/or the blue flyer. No licence was necessary to shoot the roos. Russell salted the skins down and they were then taken to the

10/11/2017

Possum Skin Rug

“Information from Kay Williams, Pat Williams’ daughter: The family owned four skin rugs on their beds including fox, kangaroo and rabbit. The skins for these were mainly shot at Grudgery Mountain, 30 miles west of Forbes. Twenty men would go out in an old truck at about four in the morning and shoot until ten

10/11/2017

Kangaroo Skin Rug

“Skins for my fur rug were obtained during licensed culling, by shooting, of kangaroos on my family’s property ‘Hillview’ Yellowin, at the top end of Blowering valley. The kangaroos were shot by my father during a number of winter nights in 1965. At that time I was a skinny 13 year old boy and it

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Fox Skin Rug

John Hepburn with grandson Nicholas Turner, 1996

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Mr Fox Skin Rug

Eric and Nan Roberts obtained one of the first commercial radio licences in NSW during the depression, 2WG Wagga Wagga. They worked hard and the station just survived and then prospered. Eric was a recreational shooter of foxes and rabbits, he was regarded as a fine shot. The rug was made at the Schultz Tannery

10/11/2017

Kangaroo Skin Rug

Russell McNickle shot the kangaroos on Milthorpe’s property ‘Walanthray’ Hillston NSW with a 22 calibre BRNO rifle in 1958. The skins are from the big red, the grey, the black scrubber and the blue flyer. No licence was necessary to shoot the roos. Russell salted the skins down and they were then taken to the

10/11/2017

Fox Skin Rug

Jacksons had been furriers for 48 years in 1945 and this was the first fox skin rug to include brushes..

10/11/2017

Wallaby Skin Rug

Mr. Kynock’s son who snared the whip tail wallabies was paid 2/6 each for them. After they were wattle bark tanned at Cloake’s tannery in Toowoomba, Hugh Bird Ford used a template of 3 ply to get them all the same size. Bud Ford, present owner and son of the maker, recalled that the

10/11/2017

Opossum Skin Rug

*The Schultz Wagga Wagga Tannery The German side of the family came out about the 1930s, when many other Lutherans came to South Australia. They were furriers, tanners and dyers in Germany. “My dad said he was apprenticed to his uncle in Bordertown. He ran away and crossed the 90

10/11/2017

Kangaroo Skin Rug

Bud Ford recalled that Noel Gundry, who shot the kangaroos, was a very good shot, ‘definitely a head shot man’. The skins were chrome tanned, a new method in the sixties and, according to Bud, not as successful as tan bark.

10/11/2017

Fox Tail and Skins Rug

*The Schultz Wagga Wagga Tannery The German side of the family came out about the 1930s, when many other Lutherans came to South Australia. They were furriers, tanners and dyers in Germany. “My dad said he was apprenticed to his uncle in Bordertown. He ran away and crossed the 90

10/11/2017

Fox and Rabbit Skin Rug

“I trapped the rabbits – foxes and my late wife had them tanned and sewed them up herself. She had the skins tanned in Sydney. I think the tannery was in Newtown Sydney. It is still used on my bed in the winter and in the summer is stored in a linen press.”

10/11/2017

Rabbit Skin Rug

It took Bud and Patricia Ford 6 months of intermittent work in the evenings to stitch the rug. This was by kerosene lamplight at ‘Aldersyde’ Homestead, Miles Queensland.

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Possum Skin Rug

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Dingo Pelt Rug

Sam Gibbs (born 1886) was a wild dog trapper in South Australia. Doggers were paid for catching dingoes and dogs and Scorpion Springs, on the S.A. and Victorian border, and Emu Springs were likely bore holes for trapping. Sam married Harriet (born 1889) at Coorong School church in 1909. They had 11 children, 9 lived

10/11/2017

Kangaroo Skin Rug

“The rug has been in constant use by Ben (my son) & also his siblings. The missing lining can probably be explained by a moth attack. These skins are in very good order. Toni Wells, the maker of this rug lived in Western Queensland. She educated her three sons on the proceeds of making kangaroo

10/11/2017

Rabbit Skin Rug

Elizabeth Hercus was a farmer’s wife in the Yarrawalla district west of Pyramid Hill. She trapped the rabbits, cleaned and dried the skins and stitched them together.

10/11/2017

Kangaroo Skin Rug

James Marshall (1828-1905) from Scotland via the Californian gold rush and Sarah Langslow Adams (1836-1926) born Herefordshire England, were married in 1858 at Hill End. Reef mining in the 1860s brought fame and fortune to this mining settlement, north of Sofala and Bathurst in NSW. In 1875 James Marshall had ‘Craigmoor’ built and he and