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Identification of the woods used to make the Riley Cabinet: A historically-significant example of early Australian, convict-built, furniture

Heady, Roger; Peters, G.N.; Evans, Philip


The Riley cabinet is a historically-significant piece of Australian furniture built by convict artisans in 1817-1820, only 30 years after colonisation of Australia began. The timber species used to make the cabinet were hitherto unknown. This paper describes the novel use of a truncated veterinary syringe needle as a minimally-invasive tool for obtaining very small wood-identification samples from the cabinet. We also describe how, using utmost economy of sample material, we identified the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: International Association Wood Anatomists Journal (IAWA)


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