Articles & Books

Books

In 1973 John wrote the catalogue and staged the pioneer exhibition; Australian Silver 1800-1900, held by the National Trust (NSW) at Lindesay in Sydney. He has written five definitive books, all of which may be purchased from the author: 

  • Thomas Cole and Victorian Clockmaking (1975) 
  • The Al Tajir Collection of Silver and Gold (1985) Sold Out
  • Nineteenth Century Australian Silver (1990) 
  • Irish and Scottish Cabinet Makers and their influence over Australian Colonial Furniture in Sydney and Hobart before 1840 (2008) Sold Out
  • Zoomorphic (2010) 

Articles

The category filter below will give you access to over 60 articles written by John Hawkins. He will be updating this page regularly so please visit again. To download a complete list of articles please Download PDF.

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The Antelope from Van Diemen’s Land

Published Australian Antique Collector, 34th Edition 1987. Depicting an actual event this is the largest, earliest and most important of all known Australian sporting oil …

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Of Frogs, Gold Bracelets, Opals, Ladies and Queens

Published The Australiana Journal, May 2018 Vol 4 No 2 This bracelet of cast and chased colonial gold and Queensland opal is unique in the …

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Rhodanthe, the Phar Lap of the Australian Coursing World

Published The Australiana Journal, February 2018 In the 11th century, King Canute laid down his Forest Laws of England stating by decree that “All persons under …

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Staffordshire Engine Turned Pottery 1760-1780

Published Australian Antique Collector, January to June 1982.

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Essie Jenyns and her Australian Terriers

Published The Australiana Journal, November 2011 The history of the Gem Set Woodstock Challenge Cup by the Priora brothers.

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“A Poket Time Keeper” John Arnold, Joseph Banks, and Constantine John Phipps.

Published the Australiana Society Journal, November 2014, Vol 36, No. 4 ‘A Poket Time Keeper’ puts the case that this ‘Poket’ Chronometer was commissioned by …

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Lawrence Butler and his veneered case furniture made in Sydney between 1804 and 1815

Published the Australiana Society Journal, November 2016.    

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Transported to the Colonies

Published World of Antiques & Art, March 2012. A look at High Society in Van Diemen’s Land through a recently discovered longcase clock of c. …

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Introduction to a Unique Collection of Rapes a Tabac, Treen-Snuff Rasps

Sold by J B Hawkins Antiques, Australia and Hawkins & Hawkins, Edinburgh.

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Catalogue of a Unique Collection of Rapes a Tabac, Treen-Snuff Rasps

Sold by J B Hawkins Antiques, Australia and Hawkins & Hawkins, Edinburgh.

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Thomas Paine 1737 – 1809

Published 21st Lindsay Antique Dealers Fair, 1988

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The Australian Four Poster Bed 1810-1850

Published the Australian Connoisseur and Collector 1983.

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J & A Campi Looking Glass Manufacturers

J & A Campi looking glass manufacturers, glass bevellers, wood carvers, frame makers and gilders, Melbourne, 1853 -1900. Published the Australiana Society Journal, November 2018

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The Australian Federal Parliament and the Speakers Chairs

Published in the Journal of the British Furniture History Society, Vol XXXV11 (2001). The history of a chair designed by Thomas Foster Chuck for the …

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Broughton Traveling Writing Desk

Published the Australian Connoisseur and Collector 1983.

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Observatories in Australia 1788-1830

Published the Australian Antique Collector July – December 1981.

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History Reflected in a Silver Dish

Published The Australian Connoisseur & Collector, 1984.

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Marcus Benjamin an Australian Watchmaker 1839 – 1906

Published the Australian Antique Collector July – December 1981.

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A Silver Dog Collar by Alexander Dick

Published Australian Antique Collector, January to June 1982.

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