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Varnished cedar balloon-backed chair, made for the Postmaster's anteroom in the GPO Sydney when it opened in 1874

1999.0013.0077

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Varnished cedar balloon-backed chair, made for the Postmaster's anteroom in the GPO Sydney when it opened in 1874

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Physical description

Varnished cedar balloon-backed chair with a brown leather padded seat. The front two legs are turned and ornate while the back two are plain. "MB 5 18" is engraved above the front right leg and "VR Sep 1874" around a royal cown is engraved on the back right leg. A white sticker with "HF 26 (6)" written in black ink is attached to the top of the chair back.

Statement of significance

This collection consists of 87 items from the New South Wales historical section of Australia Post. The items range from furnishings that were used for the opening of the Sydney GPO in 1874 to telephones, signs, posters, and postal boxes. The material covers a period of over one hundred years of postal service in Australia.

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