William Brice chair donation

On Thursday April 8th 2021, the committee of the Mary MacKillop Penola Centre accepted the gift donation of the William Brice chair. The chair was made for Alexander (King) Cameron by William Brice, an ex-convict who worked for him on Penola Station. William Brice and Pinchunga woman, Natunda, were the parents of Annie Brice, who was also known as Nancy Bruce by the Cameron family, which included governess Mary MacKillop.

The Brice Chair has a red gum seat (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) and blackwood arm-rests (Acacia melanoxylon).

William Brice’s great-great-grand-daughter, Margaret Hanel, donated the chair to the Mary MacKillop Penola Centre.

Margaret, with her daughter Teresa present, gifted the chair to the Centre following the monthly committee meeting with nibbles, drinks and song in the Cameron home.  The chair will be a permanent display in the Cameron homestead.

Teresa Hanel (left), Marie Valenzuela, Margaret Hanel with the Brice chair
MMPC committee celebrated the new addition