The term “Peddle chair” has been bandied about for years in Tasmania in reference to a Windsor chair made in Tasmania and often associated with the Railways. It is Tasmania’s best known antique and has touched the lives of many Tasmanians not just antique furniture collectors.
George Peddle’s name is well known. This exhibition and the accompanying film use new research to introduce a forgotten figure into the story; his brother in law Harry Hearn who also made many of the “Peddle chairs”. It illustrates the traditional craft of chair making and celebrates the successful mix of business and craft evidenced by the two men who created the Peddle story.
Image Railway staff at Parattah (seated on Peddle chairs) c1911. National Archives of Australia NAA P2121