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Thursday, May 03, 2012

National Trust Heritage Festival

The Fellowship of Australian Writers (WA) invites you to make the most of an Open Day at Allen Park Heritage Precinct in Swanbourne, where you can visit two houses with a special link to the history of Australian literature.
Tom Collins House was built and lived in by Joseph Furphy, known as the Father of the Australian novel for his novel 'Such Is Life', written under his nom-de-plume, Tom Collins. Relocated from its original site on Servetus Street, Swanbourne in 1996, Tom Collins House is now situated in Allen Park, Swanbourne.
Formerly on the corner of Clement and Marmion Streets, Swanbourne, Mattie Furphy House was built in the 1920s for Joseph Furphy's son Samuel and his craftswoman wife, Sarah Martha (Mattie). Mattie Furphy was a prize-winning student of James Linton and her house is a fine example of the Art and Craft style. It featured Mattie's fine copper repousse work until this was moved to the smaller house in 1938, when the couple moved to Servetus Street.
A talk on Joseph Furphy in Western Australia and the artwork of Mattie Furphy will commence at 4pm during the Open Afternoon.

6 May 2012 2 to 5:30pm
 Talk on Joseph Furphy in WA & the artwork of Mattie Furphy @ 4pm
Admission: $5
Tom Collins House & Mattie Furphy House,
Allen Park Heritage Precinct, Corner Wood & Kirkwood Sts, Swanbourne

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