Here’s an interesting exhibition being held in Williamstown from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 December which will be of interest to people living in the local area: it’s a curated range of rare wallpapers from the personal collection of former Castlemaine resident Phyllis Murphy.
A nationally acclaimed architect, Phyllis is now 98 and living in Williamstown. She started her collection while living in Castlemaine, and many of her first items were from houses in the area. Some of the wallpapers date back to the mid-19th century. Phyllis published a book on historic wallpapers with the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum in 1996.
Phyllis’s collection will be moved permanently to the Living Museum of Sydney next year, so this is a brief opportunity for some of it to be displayed in Victoria before then.
The exhibition is being held at The Chamber, Williamstown Town Hall, 104 Ferguson Street, Williamstown, on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 December from 2pm to 7pm and Sunday 4 December from 11am to 3pm. Admission is free.
While you’re in Williamstown, take the time to have a look around this interesting and historic part of Melbourne, with its superb shops and eating places. Here’s another local connection: you can visit the HMAS Castlemaine, which is now a floating museum at Gem Dock.
This article appeared in the Tarrangower Times, 2 December 2022.