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From Hardwoods to Soft Cottons
24 August - 21 October 2017

  Image credit: Picture Coffs Harbour, Joseph Turnbull and Esther Burgess standing with his bullock team, Bonville, circa 1910, mus07-2454
Showcasing photographs and rich collections of objects from Coffs Harbour’s early timber industry alongside personal and household textiles created by women for their families, Hardwoods to Soft Cottons highlights the differing experiences of work for men and women in the early days of settlement. While timber was one of our foundation industries, the domestic work of women also built this city. Explore the contrast between the “hard yakka” of timber work and the delicacy of hand-crafted textiles. ​​​