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Acquiring the Australian Colonial Billiard Table

Your valued donations to our Annual Appeal in 2022 helped us acquire the Australian Colonial Billiard Table and scoreboard for the National Historical Collection.

These masterpieces of late 19th-century Australian design reveal a unique colonial view of Australian life and were created in the 1880s to showcase Australian craftsmanship to the world.

Billiard table with ornate carved designs to sides and legs.

Australian Colonial Billiard Table

Thank you

We would like to thank and acknowledge our donors to the Annual Appeal 2022, including those who would like to remain anonymous.

Donors $10,000+: The Pratt Foundation

Donors $1,000–$9,999: Dr Marion Amies, Marc Besen AC, Graeme and Linda Beveridge, Dr Patricia Clarke, Joanne Daly, Sarah Davies AM, Haydn Daw and Susan Daw OAM, Sue Dyer and Dr Stephen Dyer, Marilyn Jessop, Colin Macdonald, Professor Ingrid Moses AO, Professor Robert Shanks, Julie White, Louise Willey, David Williams

Donors $50–$999: Jing Ai, Robin Anderson, Anna-Rosa Baker, Sarah Brasch, Shane Browne, Dr Geoffrey Burkhardt, Professor Stewart Campbell, Christine Clark, Elizabeth Cowan, Cathy Crompton, Anne Fletcher, Linda Freasier, Margo Geering, Elizabeth Grant AM, John Gray, Tom and Rosemary Halstead, Malcolm Harrild, Helen Harvie, Rohan Haslam, Heather Henderson, Louise Hodgman, Gary Humphries, Jennifer and Eric Hunter, Dr Joseph Johnson OAM and Madeleine Johnson, Patricia Kneebone, Marion Kossatz, Geraldine and Edward Kruger, Rob Lundie, Maria Magda Damo, Dr Marian Simpson, Diana Mashford, Doris McCauley, Anne Melson, Eveline Milne, John Morland, Jenny Myers, Constantinos Nikias OAM, Janet O'Dell-Teys, Brett Odgers, Luke Olive, Margaret Pender, Michael Protopsaltis, Tony and Kaye Purnell, Lesley Riley, Alan and Helen Rose, Jennifer Rowland, William Ruse, Geoffrey Rutledge, Horace and Anastasia Saducas, Judith Shelley, Dr Marian Simpson, Anthony Skalkos, Wendy Smith, Helene Stead, Helen Todd, Linnett Turner, Jenny Tyrrell, Gabrielle Watt, Moh Yan Yang


The Australian Colonial Billiard Table and scoreboard were purchased with the support of the Australian Government through the National Cultural Heritage Account. This grant program assists Australian cultural organisations to acquire significant cultural heritage objects.

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