Jimmy Possum Exhibition

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Who was the real Jimmy Possum? See the chairs that made the mystery and discover clues about Tasmania's most mythical innovator.

Jimmy Possum Chairs - Ingenious design. The seat, a split slab of wood, is the unifying feature of the chair. Roughly trimmed with an axe or adze, the underside of the seat in most cases remained roughly hewn. The most significant feature is that the four legs pass through the slab seat and support the arm rests which in turn have the outside back spindles also passing through them..

Unlike the American Windsor chair and similar chairs of the period, a Jimmy Possum chair did not have the " tendency to become loose in the joints....give way or disassemble itself ".

It was in overcoming this dilemma that our unknown colonial woodworker, Jimmy Possum for short, made his important contribution to universal furniture design.

Jimmy Possum is reputed to have lived in a hollow tree in Deloraine, coming into town to sell his chairs in exchange for goods.

The Deloraine & Districts Folk Museum is proud to present an exhibition of Jimmy Possum style chairs. The Exhibition is open 7 days from 9 to 5.
An entry fee of $10.00 is payable. Concession tickets are $8.00 and a family (2A,2C) ticket is available for $20.00. Extra children are $4.00 each.

Deloraine & Districts Folk Museum
98 Emu Bay Road, Deloraine, TAS.
Entry through the Visitor Centre.
PH: 03 6362 5280

For more information and to make online bookings
98-100 Emu Bay Road, Deloraine TAS, 7304
+61 3 6362 5280
[email protected]
OPEN 9 to 5 daily. Winter weekend hours may vary.