Wallpaper; Wallpaper Manufacturers Ltd; c.1950; TD.2012.0061


Tasmanian Decorated Interiors



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One of the 'Lancastria' range of wallpapers featuring repeating classical motifs. The paper is printed in white, fawn and brown on a blue ground. It is hung in the study (previously the master bedroom) at Home Hill, Devonport, Tasmania.

Home Hill was the family home of Joseph Lyons (former Australian Prime Minister) and his wife Dame Enid Lyons. The weatherboard house was built in 1916 and extended many times as the family grew. It is now owned by the Devonport City Council and managed by the National Trust of Australia (Tasmania). Dame Enid wrote that this room was '... known to the family as the Wedgwood room because of its wall-paper, reminiscent both in colour and design of the famous porcelain'.

Lancastria wallpapers were semi-washable and featured large scale dramatic patterns in bold colours. The range was launched in England c. 1949 and was primarily intended for the United States, although some papers were also sent to Australia and other countries. The Australasian trade journal, 'The Decorator & Painter for Australia & New Zealand' wrote in November 1951,that Lancastria wallpapers had 'designs of architectural beauty which are entirely new to Australia'.


Wallpaper Manufacturers Ltd

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Printed on selvage: JOIN HERE MADE IN ENGLAND
Printed on selvage: LANCASTRIA LINE RUN NO 4


Roll width: 543 mm;
Pattern repeat: 640(h) x 540(w)mm


Home Hill Collection, Devonport City Council

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