Ted Worsley
Ted Worsley


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Ted Worsley was a student in Australia’s inaugural Industrial Design course commencing in 1947. The Industrial Design Diploma at Melbourne Technical College (now RMIT University) was also attended by Clem Meadmore, later to become an internationally renowned sculptor.

He established Stuart Furniture in South Yarra with fellow student Jack Crow, and later went into design education at Chisholm (now Monash University) as Head of School. Ted also served on the Industrial Design Council in Melbourne. He was a member of the first class in the inaugural Diploma of Industrial Design at the Melbourne Technical College in 1947. During his student term, Ted was engaged in the establishment of the first design body in Australia, the Society of Designers for Industry and later became its first national secretary. After engaging in furniture retailing and supply, he entered into education and was a significant influence at Prahran Technical School (later to become Swinburne University) and Chisholm Technical College (later to become Monash University).

Ted’s wide ranging career and background provides encounters with many significant figures, whom he mentions and discusses, such as Pat Heffernan, Alan Warren, Harold Brown, Jack Crow, John Rodrigues, Frances Burke, Bea Taplin, Vida Turner, Florence Broadhurst, Margaret Preston, Grace Cossington Smith, Inge King, Fred Ward, Gerard Herbst, Colin Barrie, Bruce Anderson, Phil Wise, Don Jordon, Jimmy Horton James, Ron Rosenfeldt and Michael Hirst.

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