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Orange City Library: Beeswax and Tall Tales Book Launch

Thu 14 September at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Discover the stories behind Dirty Janes founders and antique dealers Athol Salter and his daughter Jane Crowley

Join us at Orange City Library for the launch of Beeswax and Tall Tales – stories behind the dynamic duo Athol Salter and Jane Crowley – who run Dirty Janes antique stores in Bowral, Canberra and soon Orange.

As an antique dealer, Athol Salter has peddled in other people’s stories for over sixty years. From humble beginnings in his Junque Shop in country NSW in the 1960s to Dirty Janes in the Southern Highlands, he has rummaged through ramshackle huts, dealt with dubious property from deceased estates and cleared grand country properties and crumbling mansions looking for pieces filled with stories to pass on.

Beeswax and Tall Tales includes not just snippets from Athol’s hilarious and poignant life, but the stories told in the antiques he trades and the enchanting people he meets along the way – from farmhands, colourful eccentrics and Italian migrants to long-lost relatives, British squires and a charming cockatoo…

About the authors:

Jane Crowley has worked side by side with her father Athol Salter for most of her life. Her career in the world of antiques began in earnest at the age of eight, when she restored and sold her first piece, an Australian cedar clerk’s desk. Since then, the two have attended auctions, cleared estates and sold more pieces of furniture than they could count. Their love of the hunt and for storytelling is only surpassed by the passion they have for their family and the businesses they began together, Dirty Janes Bowral, Canberra and soon Orange.


Thu 14 September
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Orange City Library
147 Byng Street
Orange, NSW 2800 Australia
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