In the end of 2006, I was approached by Ann Toy and Robert Griffin, Curators for The Historic Houses Trust, Government House, Sydney to re-upholster the antique furniture in the drawing room for the APEC meeting.

I was honoured to use the skills that I had learnt from a young age in Portugal and use it for such an important meeting that was going to be held in Australia. The Napoleon III chairs and sofas had an amazing history behind them when they were first upholstered. I never though that in my life I would ever get the chance to do something like this or be approached by a ‘group’ that cared for antiquities the same way I did.

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