The "Peddle" chair is unique to Tasmania, named after their maker, Geoge Peddle. George Peddle came to Australia in 1884, aged 29 from the centre of chair-making in England, High Wycombe. He arrived in Hobart and found employment at Risby's Furniture Factory. After about four years he moved to Launcestion in northern Tasmania and set up a back room workshop in the Windmill Hill area. He moved his workshop to Launceston four years later and worked there until 1894. His chairs were always made of blackwood, and in the style of the English Windsor chair with which he would have been familiar before he emigrated to Australia. As well as the conventional upright chairs, he also made armchairs and rocking chairs. In 1895 he was joined by his brother in law, Harry Hearn, and they continued the craft in the North East town of Nabowla near Devonport. Around 1900 he won a contract from the Tasmanian railways to supply chairs and Peddle chairs become a common sight on the railway stations around Tasmania. George Peddle died in 1933.
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