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Design drawing 'Grass Tree' by Douglas Annand

Firsthand Australia was established by Marie Opie and Rosemary Spittle in Sydney in the spring of 1969. Described in early publicity as "a marketing agency for designers", the partnership was in fact much more than that. During its fourteen years of operation, Firsthand commissioned, produced and packaged, as well as marketed, the work of Australian designers and craftspeople such as Douglas Annand, Verney Watts, Ruth Julius, Ingrid Osborn and Phyllis Shave.

Firsthand's specialisation was …


Object No.


Object Statement

Drawing, for 'Grass Tree' scarf, paper / ink, designed by Douglas Annand, made by Firsthand Australia, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1969-1972

Physical Description

Square of white tissue paper bearing design in black fibre-tipped pen ink. Design depicts a stylised grass tree with the trunk, stem and stamen running diagonally across the page from corner to corner. Lines representing grass fronds radiate out from the stem in two fans. The textured surfaces of the stamen and trunk are denoted by tightly drawn meandering lines and spots. Designer's name handwritten in black fibre-tipped pen in lower right hand corner following an arc around the base of the grass tree's trunk, "DOUGLAS ANNAND*AUSTRALIA"


Designer's name handwritten in black fibre-tipped pen in lower right hand corner of design "DOUGLAS ANNAND*AUSTRALIA"



480 mm


440 mm



Designed for the company Firsthand Australia.



Rosemary Spittle was a director of the company Firsthand Australia for whom this design was executed.


Credit Line

Gift of Rosemary Spittle and Marie Opie

Acquisition Date

4 July 1994

Cite this Object


Design drawing 'Grass Tree' by Douglas Annand 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 9 December 2022, <>


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