Native Bunch | These Boots were made for Walking
Our Posy this week includes two varieties of the beautiful Sth African Leucadendron. Here in Australia the Melaleuca Leucadendron, commonly known as Paperbark Tree, is a well recognised tree. In the 1920's an Australian professional comedian discovered that if he cut out insoles using Paperbark and waterproofed them with paraffin they made excellent middle soles for boots. He also compressed the bark to make boot heels. An American bootmakers journal wrote of this saying it sounded a little far-fetched and they thought it amusing that the so called inventor was actually a comedian! However, they realised the seriousness of the inventor when his application for a Patent was lodged at the Sydney Patents Office. They reported that ' No wonder they feel independent of the rest of the shoemaking world in NSW Australia'!
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