Ruth Lane-Poole’s articles on interior decoration in popular magazines in the mid-1920s introduced many homemakers to her ideas on good taste and practical design. When the Federal Capital Commission was faced with the challenge of furnishing Canberra’s two official residences – Government House and The Lodge – in time for the opening of Parliament House in 1927, Ruth Lane-Poole was engaged to work with the architects on matters relating to interior furnishing.
This exhibition brings together items never exhibited outside the official residences, and which explore the inspiration for her design philosophy and the rich legacy of her Irish family associations.
Presented in partnership with The Australiana Fund.
Discover decorative details in the exhibition Ruth Lane-Poole: A Woman of Influence and play around with pattern
Catriona Quinn, design historian and curator, will discuss Ruth Lane-Poole in the context of the emerging field of interior design and decoration in the 1920s and ‘30s
Discover how Ruth Lane-Poole, furnisher of the Official Residences - Government House and The Lodge in Canberra, influenced the way many Australian homemakers approached the interior furnishing of their own homes in the 1920s