Timber at the Busselton and South West Heritage Festival

Timber at the Busselton and South West Heritage Festival

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The work of Marion St ‘Clair’ Layman of Wonnerup House is being showcased in an exhibition as part of the Busselton and South West Heritage Festival.

Clair was the sixth of George II and Amelia Layman’s eleven children. Educated at the Wonnerup School and later at Bishop’s Girls’ College in Perth, she learnt chip carving when she visited her Aunt Harriet in Hawaii in 1903. A fashionable hobby among the middle classes during the Arts and Crafts movement of the 1880s-1930s, chip carving was particularly popular among women.

In addition to woodcarving Clair was accomplished in whitework needlework. She exhibited at the First Australian Exhibition of Women’s Work West Australian Show in 1907.

Several artefacts from the National Trust of Western Australia’s collection are on loan to ‘Timber’, providing excellent examples of Clair’s work. More of the collection is displayed at Wonnerup House, including an impressive overmantle in the dining room carved by Clair in 1909 to commemorate her parents’ Golden Wedding Anniversary.

‘Timber’ is at The Bond Store, Old Courthouse Complex, Queen Street Busselton and runs from 2 – 30 March.

Wonnerup House is open Fridays and Saturdays between 10 and 4pm.
Tickets can be purchased on-line Wonnerup House – National Trust WA (ntwa.com.au)
National Trust members enjoy free admission.


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