Retford Park: Made in Australia

In 1976 the Women’s Committee at Lindesay in Darling Point curated a landmark exhibition Antiques Australia – First Fleet to Federation, which was the first time a comprehensive assemblage of items from public and private collections of Australian colonial decorative arts had ever been presented for public display.

The success of the exhibition culminated in a survey and publication of the same title: Made in Australia the following year and inspired the establishment of The Australiana Fund by Tamie Fraser AO in 1978. The Australiana Society also formed in 1978, which has provided a forum for knowledge, research and appreciation of Australian decorative arts for over 40 years.


In 2019, Made in Australia will be revived at Retford Park. Over two days, a panel of experts will be resident in the Round Yard at Retford Park to assess your pieces of Australiana including furniture, metalwork, ceramics, books, ephemera, memorabilia, juvenilia and vintage clothing. Two appraisal sessions will be held on each day.


In parallel with Made in Australia a gallery exhibition in the cottage where Supporters of a Southern Highlands Regional Gallery Inc will be exhibiting a selection of artworks from their collection, all by Australian artists, in the cottage at Retford Park. Visitors will also have access to the gardens.


  • $15 – adult
  • $10 – concession
  • $35 – family
  • National Trust members – free.

No bookings needed!

**Ticket price includes garden admission and three items to be appraised.**




1325 Old South Road, Bowral
Directions: Head up Merrigang Street from Bong Bong Street, the main street in Bowral.
Follow to the end of Merrigang and turn right at the ‘T’ intersection.
Watch for the Retford Park white gate, the second driveway on the left.

(02) 48611933