Model of an early settler's homestead built from slabs with a bark roof by James Rushby , at Mudgee , New South Wales. The model was made by his daughter Charlotte before 1857. Published in 1976, this slim volume contains the information that soon after the First Fleet arrived in 1788, a visitor found that in houses of individuals could be found most of the comforts and not a few of the luxuries of life .
Of particular interest is a replica of the Sydney Cove Medallion produced by Josiah Wedgwood in 1789 , made from clay sent to England from Sydney by Governor Arthur Phillip . The figures represented Hope addressing Art, Labour and Peace on the shores of Sydney Cove .
Other illustrations include the oldest surviving Australian made piano built by piano-forte maker J. Benham , who arrived in Sydney in 1831 ; a rose mahogany armchair , one of a pair , made by convicts John Webster and William Temple , for Governor Macquarie, with casuarina inlays , upholstery in kangaroo skin ; an astonishing silver cricket trophy in the form of an epergne depicting a cricket match with mounted emu eggs and etched glass vases by W. Kerr , Sydney . -- (Ponsonby Willis special .)