By the early 1830s, Australia’s white population (including convicts) was still only about 60,000. So any items from this time are rare and important remnants of Australia’s early colonial period. Pieces were usually made to individual order, often based on a proven pattern from the English Georgian period designers. Most items were made of cedar, or sometimes blackwood, to imitate mahogany. Surviving items are very rare.
Between 1835 and 1850, Australia’s population increased from around 60,000 to about 300,000. The style of the furniture still reflected the simple, clean lines of the English Georgian, but the more sophisticated tools and techniques of the early Machine Age resulted in the production of some of the most outstanding pieces Australia has produced. Most Australian furniture of this period was cedar.