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Friday, 26 August 1921

Senator DE LARGIE (Western Australia) . - It is considerably more than a year ago since I had an opportunity of seeing what the Victorian Government are doing in the training of returned soldiers in the pottery trade. I was on a -visit to Maryborough at the ti?ne, and saw the work in progress on the china clays in that district. Since then, in company with Senator Senior, I have seem articles of this kind turned out by works at Footscray. As evidence of the quality of the products, I may say that. I saw a cup dropped from the height of a table to the noor. It stood the test.

Senator Payne - Do you saY that was chinaware ?

Senator DE LARGIE - No; but it comes into competition with chinaware, and if we can produce cups and saucers of si>ch good quality now, it must only be a matter of time before Australian manufacturers, working on the great varieties of clays in this country, are able to produce the finest chinaware in the world. Nothing was being done in Australia in this line prior to the war, but of late years a good deal of progress has been made, and some important experimental work is now being carried out in Western Australia. The industry is well worthy of ever}' encouragement.

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