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Red Gum: Crafts Of Necessity, Historical Introduction


This article on River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) was originally published as the historical introduction to Red Gum: crafts of necessity (1989). This was an illustrated catalogue for the travelling exhibition of the same name which displayed historical objects and contemporary art works crafted from red gum. The exhibition was curated by co-author John Dallwitz for South Australia’s Jam Factory.

Susan Marsden, Historical introduction, John Dallwitz, Susan Marsden and Lyn Collins, Red Gum: crafts of necessity Jam Factory, Adelaide, 1989, pp 1-5.

Dr Susan Marsden is a professional historian (and a founding member of the PHA) who runs her own consultancy business, writing commissioned histories, recording oral histories, carrying out heritage surveys and preparing other reports, talks and exhibitions. She has worked as South Australia’s State Historian, and as National Conservation Manager for the Australian Council of National Trusts in Canberra, and has been a member of both ACT and SA Heritage Authorities as well as national heritage committees She is presently a member of the State Records Council and of the SA Heritage Council’s Register Committee. She is author/co-author of many publications, those relating to South Australia’s history and heritage including Historical guidelines (SA Historic Preservation Plan); Heritage of the River Murray; Business, charity and sentiment: the SA Housing Trust 1936–1986; Heritage of the City of Adelaide; Our house: histories of Australian homes (Internet); Challenging times: the National Trust of South Australia 1955–2005; and Twentieth century heritage survey – stage 1 (1946-59) & stage 2 (1928-45).

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