The pottery of Fred Mann evokes Mt Wilson in the period between the 1st and 2nd World Wars: a place of English cottage gardens in an Australian rainforest setting - forget-me-nots amongst the tree ferns.
His pottery reflects the style and images of popular taste of the time, combined with a sense of joyful individual creativity embodied in his output of a dozen or so years from about 1925 until his involvement with the Red Cross in 1940 or 1941 during the 2nd World War.
A significant representation of his work from these years at Mt Wilson has been gathered in a charming and beautifully produced book. Wendy Holland, a long-time resident of Mt Wilson, has spent two and a half years in assuring the collection is presented in a caring and loving light that reflects the spirit of what is termed as 'the Golden Age of Mt Wilson'.
The book is priced at $20.00 and can be ordered by contacting the Historical Society. All proceeds of the sale of this book are used by the Mt Wilson and Mt Irvine Historical Society to underwrite future projects that reflect the aims and goals of the group.