W B Gadd is an antique shop which also sells a range of possum and merino knitwear from New Zealand.
Graydon spoke of how he first became interested in antiques at about aged 7 when he rescued his grandfather’s clock which was unwanted by family members and in danger of being thrown in a dam.
He still has the clock - which he treasures - and it still goes.
Graydon also spoke of his younger days as an industrial chemist who also played in a band. When the band was offered the chance to be back up group to Johnny O’Keefe they jumped at the chance and toured with Johnny O’Keefe for two years. He said he could tell some stores about that, but he didn’t. Eventually Graydon opened the W B Gadd store in Avenel and retained the name of the original business which had existed at the site for many years.
We were privileged to see Graydon’s personal collection of Carlton Ware antiques some of which were very valuable and very old and he spoke about each. He also brought along a range of knitwear from his shop which caused a lot of interest.
Following morning tea Graydon looked at items brought along by members of the group and gave an approximate valuation on each.
Our July meeting will follow the usual lines of members bringing along some of their collection to ‘show and tell’.