President’s chair carved 1952 and Presidents’ board carved after WW1, Naval, Military, and Airforce Club, Hobart


Presidents' chair, Naval, Military and Airforce Club, Hobart.

Presidents’ chair, Naval, Military, and Airforce Club, Hobart.

Close up detail Presidents' chair.

Close up detail Presidents’ chair.

Close up shield, Presidents' chair, Naval, Military and Airforce Club, Hobart.

Close up shield, Presidents’ chair, Naval, Military, and Airforce Club, Hobart.

Presidents board, Naval, Military and Airforce Club, Hobart.

Presidents board, Naval, Military, and Airforce Club, Hobart.

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Nellies scrapbook says that the Presidents’ board was presented in 1952 although this may be referring to the President’s chair.

“Ellen Nora Payne – Woodcarver of Tasmania” by Russell Atkinson.

“Geoffrey had now returned from the war with the rank of major (this is a mistake it was actually Captain) and the distinction of a mention in despatches.  He had settled down in Hobart and had been elected president of the Hobart Naval and Military Club.  At his request, his mother Nellie, designed and carved, as his gift to the club, a presidents’ board, to bear the names of all those who had been, and would subsequently become, president of the club.  It was a handsome piece of work, which the club gratefully accepted.”

Also after the amalgamation of the Naval, Military, and Airforce groups, Nellie carved a President’s Chair to mark the occasion.