The Wedgwood Society of Australia represents the origin of Wedgwood sholarship and collecting in Australia. It was founded in 1973 in Melbourne. Click here for their Facebook page.
You can contact the Society by mail atThe Wedgwood Society of Australia
PO Box 2357
CAULFIELD JUNCTION VIC 3161
To the north we have The Wedgwood Society of Queensland, based in Brisbane and founded in 1993. See their Facebook page here.
Contact the Queensland Society by mail atThe Wedgwood Society of Queensland
PO Box 97
ANNERLEY QLD 4103
Over the years since the first settlement of Australia much Wedgwood with an Australian connection has been produced. Some of this was made to mark an Australian event and some was commissioned by Australian organisations. More has been made that has a more incidental connection with Australia. For instance, Captain Cook features on many pieces that were made for organisations in other countries that have Cook connections and, as he was the first Englishman to discover and map the east coast of Australia, these pieces can be said to have an Australian connection. There are other similar examples.
A list of this wider category has been assembled by Society member Judy Jones and it will be of interest to those who collect in this area. The list is freely available, download a copy of the most recent list here.
This list is a work in progress and newly reported items are coming to light all the time. If you find something that is not included Judy would welcome your news. Her email contact is on the last page of the list.
Here are a few sites of interest to the Wedgwood and ceramics collector...
- First, of course, we check out the official Josiah Wedgwood & Sons web site.
- The award winning Wedgwood Museum in Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent is the place to visit when you are in the UK and there is also an extensive website packed with information. You should also check the site of the new Wedgwood Visitor Centre and the new World of Wedgwood site.
- Stoke-on-Trent, the Potteries website, is crammed with information on The Potteries and is well worth exploring.
- The Wedgwood company made calendar tiles for 50 years for their American agents at the time, Jones, McDuffee & Stratton of Boston. "The Official Calendar Tile Page" is run by a specialist collector of these tiles. It will answer all your questions on this topic.
- Another site of interest to the ceramics collector, is the the Transferware Collectors Club. Visit their website to find out more about transfer printed wares.
- Some Wedgwood Societies around the world:
First, our North American Sister Society The Wedgwood Society of Washington, D.C. Further details of the Sister Society connection are on our Contacts page.
The original Wedgwood society, known as "The Wedgwood Society", was formed in London in 1954 and built a formidable reputation for research and scholarship. Sadly, due to decline in membership for reasons of age and health, the last meeting was held in November 2010 and the Society is now closed.
- Here are some dealers in Wedgwood who usually have interesting pieces in stock. Visit them when you are looking for a Wedgwood gift or for something to add to your collection:
Alan Landis Antiques Based in Sydney, Alan was a founding member of our Society and has over 30 years experience with Wedgwood and other English ceramics.
Etruria Antiques Gallery Based in the Melbourne suburb of Collingwood.
Alexis Antiques Based in St Louis, Missouri, this site is conducted by Leslie, one of our American members and has an easy to use, searchable inventory of the extensive stock. Leslie also produces an interesting and informative blog that is worth checking regularly.
Cathcarts Antiques, based in Melbourne, always have a stock of porcelain and pottery worthy of consideration. Now they have added a range of books to their stock.
China Finders, based in Brisbane, is the place to find replacements for those pieces missing from your dinner or tea set.
- Wedgwood up for auction:
Wedgwood category on eBay Thousands of items for browsing ... or even to buy!