From delicate china tea sets and refined ruby red brooches, to porcelain dolls, elaborate vases and valuable artworks there were treasures of all descriptions that delighted both the valuers and visitors to the Collectors Roadshow this week, 4 and 5 April 2016.
The event was held in Murrurundi and Merriwa over two days lead by ABC personality and antique valuer Tom Thompson from Sydney and local antiques experts Sue Stone of Stone&Co and Peter Carlin of Haydon Hall, Murrurundi as part of Senior’s Festival celebrations.
Murrurundi Arts Council secretary Gilly Patterson said the event was an overwhelming success.
“People came out of the wood work with all sorts of interesting treasures.
“There were a lot of established families with long local histories that brought in fascinating items like original land grant maps, war memorabilia and even an original unpublished poem signed by AB Patterson.
“Tom Thompson said his find of the day in Murrurundi was a magnificent French clock while in Merriwa he was gobsmacked when someone brought in an original Albert Namatjira painting and a delightful white jade lion.
“The valuers thoroughly enjoyed themselves and we will certainly be doing it again,” Ms Patterson said.
Merriwa Senior Citizen Louise Gill said she also thoroughly enjoyed the event.
“The Roadshow brought back lots of happy memories.
“It didn’t really matter how much things were valued at, if they are special to you that is what is important.
“It was nice to be able to bring them in and talk about them,” she said.The Collectors Roadshow was a joint initiative of the Upper Hunter Shire Council and Murrurundi Arts Council, supported by the Merriwa Senior Citizens, Merriwa CWA, Integrated Living and NSW Seniors Festival to celebrate Seniors Festival.
Upper Hunter Shire Council is a local government authority and provides an extensive array of services including health and building; town planning; aged care; sporting and recreational facilities; roads; libraries; garbage collection; airport facilities; saleyards; public venues; water; children, youth and families and tourist information.