Archive, ecclesiastical woodcarving, Frederick Tod, Sydney, Australia, 1913-1958
Frederick Tod (1879-1958), woodcarver, was born in London and migrated to Australia c.1913. Correspondence between Tod and the Museum will be found in the Museum's archives, as he corresponded with Museum Curator, RT Baker, concerning the qualities of various timbers.
Frederick Tod was born in London 16 December 1879. He came to Australia c1913. He established himself as a skilled woodcarver quickly, forming a company F.W. Tod Woodcarver which in the 1930s was known as F.W. Tod and Sons. The business designed and produced ecclesiastical furniture and fittings. Tod operated in Booth Street, Annandale in the 1930s and Gottenham Ave, Kingsford in the 1940s.
Tod was known throughout church circles for his excellent craftsmanship. The very large and diverse number of churches in suburbs and towns for which he designed furniture is proof of his reputation. He also designed and produced furniture for private homes and companies, for example, AMP.
The Museum has in its possession a table carved by Tod in association with William Johnson (their association lasted 1916-1919). Tod died in 1958.