Tea-towel captures Goulburn's beauty

COLOURFUL: Peter and Matthew Blematl and artost Jean Pierre Favre in Blooms Chemist on Wednesday with the new Goulburn tea-towel.
COLOURFUL: Peter and Matthew Blematl and artost Jean Pierre Favre in Blooms Chemist on Wednesday with the new Goulburn tea-towel.

Washing the dishes is never much fun, but at least now it can be done with an appreciation of the beauty of Goulburn. 

A stunning tea-towel depicting some of Goulburn’s finest heritage buildings is on sale for a good cause.

Retired architect and artist John-Pierre Favre has just completed the tea towel, which features obvious iconic Goulburn buildings such as St Saviour’s Cathedral and the Post Office. 

But it also features less obvious choices such as an Auburn St streetscape, Landsdowne Bridge, a house with a turret in Church St and a terrace house in Clifford St.

The tea-towel is on sale for $16 in each of the Blooms Chemists in Goulburn. 

Mr Favre has an eye for the beauty of old buildings and loves sketching in Goulburn. 

“I often come to Goulburn to sketch – it is just such a beautiful city,” he said. 

“Goulburn has a wealth of excellent old buildings. It shows the city must have gone through times of amazing prosperity in the 19th century, ” he said. 

He has captured some of his favourite buildings in the tea-towel, including the Goulburn Post. 

The Goulburn Tea-Towel.

The Goulburn Tea-Towel.

Profits from the sale of the tea-towels will go to assist Abbeyfield in Goulburn. Abbeyfield is a permanent home for people with disabilities.

Abbeyfield commitee member Peter Blematl said the sale of the tea-towels would be a major fundraiser for Abbeyfield, which has been running in Goulburn for about five years.

“This came out of fund-raising events in Queanbeyan and Bungendore, where tea-towels depicting houses in those villages has been selling really well,” Mr Blematl said. 

“We sold $800 worth in one day at the Goulburn Show.” 

“There has been a lot of community support for Abbeyfield, but it still needs fund-raising support in relation to upkeep and ongoing maintenance. 

“This is all done by us in fundraising activities and obtaining grants.”

There are 10 rooms and a live-in housekeeper at Abbeyfield at the moment, at 82 Cowper St. 

Mr Favre has also created a similar well-selling tea-towels for Braidwood. 

The profits from his Queanbeyan tea-towel went to the Carwoola bushfire appeal.

The profits of the Bungendore tea-towel went towards the construction of a kid’s playground in Bywong.