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Doulton ceramics

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The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney holds one of the best public collections of ceramics from the English firm Doulton & Co/Royal Doulton in the world.

Doulton's initial contact with Australia came in the late nineteenth century with export extruded stoneware drainpipes to the expanding cities of the colonies. In 1883 Doulton & Co opened an agency in Sydney which lasted six years. In 1892, a Staffordshire migrant, John Shorter, set up another agency in Sydney which was to …