GN Olsson ~ Client Testimonials, Past Commissions, Satisfied Customers

GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen Client Testimonials - Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sunshine Coast

GN Olsson Mastercraftsmen Client Testimonials - Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sunshine Coast


There are many prestigious clients whom we’ve been privileged to undertake masterpiece commissions for. However, we’d also like to acknowledge and thank the hoards of “every day”, ordinary people who are genuinely passionate and joyful about antiques, and master craftsmanship. These people reliably continue to commission us for the collection, restoration, conservation and custom building of good quality fine & antique furniture, transportation vessels and intricate & heritage joinery.

Thank-you! It’s our pleasure to assist! Why not leave a testimonial below?




Some Past Public Commissions

Published articles (pdf) and webpages relating to these works, or similar, can be accessed by clicking the underlined terms.

  • Prince Charles’ and Lady Diana’s Wedding Gift from the Queensland Government.  Gary Olsson was a tradesman on the pdfHarvey Bros team who crafted a, Queensland Red Cedar Longcase Clock on behalf of the Queensland Government.
  • Prime Minister of Australia, (John Howard) Jet Interior – Touch up of polished surfaces in a maintenance program, contracted through Aviation Interiors. 
  • High Court of Australia Judges -  High Court of Australia, Canberra – 22ct gold embossed Coat of Arms for upholstery leather on high backed arm chairs.
  • Governor of Tasmania – 22ct gold embossed pdfleather desk inlays, as for various Members of Parliament and Ambassadors in Canberra.
  • National Liberal Party Brisbane Head Office – Harvey Bros style Wall Display Cabinet custom designed and made to showcase the National Party provenance silverware.


Wall Display Cabinet

  • Queensland Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Peterson - Queensland Government Executive Building, pdfExecutive Suite Furniture for the Premier’s Department – As one of the team, whilst employed at Harvey Bros -  Queensland Red Cedar Sideboard, Extension Table and Chairs.
  • Queensland Premier, Leader of the Opposition and Treasurer - Upon the opening of the new Treasury Casino - 3 Reproduction Early Queensland pdfTreasury boxes, leather lined.
  • University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus custom designed Tasmanian Oak pdfboardroom table.
  • Treasury Casino, Queensland Branch of the Master Builder’s Association of Australia, Redcliffe RSL and Boral boardroom table restoration and supply and fitting of new 22ct gold embossed leather inlay, complete with customised logos.


Treasury Box


  • Queensland Legislative Assembly and Parliament Buildings – through our association with FH Burns, Kevin Neilson, and in particular, our exceptionally talented, now retired upholsterer, Alastair McPherson, we are custodians of the original designs for the pdfQueensland Coat of Arms, which sits above the Speaker’s Chair; the original yellow wood veneers used in the 1980s and the patterns and sample chair of the Members’ Parliamentary Offices.
  • Ipswich Art Gallery and Museum – Conservation work carried out for the curator’s own private collection of furniture as well as restoration of antique and period museum furniture and museum display cases.  The curator of the Queensland Art Gallery has included all GN Olsson publications in its library. 
  • All Saints Anglican Church, Brisbane City, pew reproductions and restoration; The Reverend’s  residential dining suite restoration at St Mary’s Kangaroo Point,  St Augustine’s Anglican Church, round window frame restoration for new stained glass commissioned piece; custom designed lectern to exactly match carvings and mouldings in existing ecclesiastical furniture in the St David’s Anglican Church, Indooroopilly; Restoration of
    pdfMemorial Processional Cross and making of Stand for same at St John’s Anglican Church, Hendra.



  • A long continuous history of restoration work for most members of the pdfQueensland Antique and Art Dealers’ Association.
  • Landsborough Museum commission to conserve past Premier Sir Frank Nicklin’s Partners Desk, and replace missing gilded leather desk inlay.

Some Past Private Commissions

Published articles (pdf) and webpages relating to these works, or similar, can be accessed by clicking the underlined terms.

  • Internationally renown interior designer, Leslie Walford, and GN Olsson co-designed a pdfSolid Ebony Library in an original Spring Hill terrace house which was being utilised as a private corporations office complex. 
  • pdfConservation of furniture (dating back as far as the 1689 -1684 William and Mary period) for Private Collectors and wholesale Antique Dealer; Early 1600s oak chest for private client.
  • Full furniture fit out of replica Georgian style estate in the Gold Coast Hinterland – custom bookcases, and library furniture, custom bed, and restoration of antique furniture throughout the residence.  This included the hand selection and purchase of highly figured boards from pdfHuon Pine merchants in Queenstown, Tasmania.  Also included custom build and installation of reproduction Early Tasmanian style stables. 


Solid Ebony Handrail

  • Architectural award winning Bridgeman Downs residence fitted out with pdfcustom floor inlays throughout and designed furniture from all hand selected, premium quality, locally milled, Queensland timbers.  pdfBedroom suite, formal pdfdining suite, kitchen dining suite and hunting lodge furniture.
  • Oak Jacobean style pdfdining table and matching lounge suite’s occasional tables for New Farm residence.
  • pdfLibraries of Distinction on rural and urban properties including Early Queenslander Silky Oak Breakfront Library, Early Queensland Hoop Pine Library, Classic Contemporary Mahogany Library for Montville home, and Regency style Mahogany Library for Pullenvale residence.



  • Superyacht Interiors and luxury vessels fitted out with 22ct gold embossed leather panelling.  
  • Restoration and re-fitting of windows, doors, and fan lights from original Victorian era South American government building into a new heritage style commercial seaside accommodation and function centre in central Queensland.


  • John Calleija, (Calleija Jewellers Australia of Marina Mirage, Gold Coast) commissioned a custom designed presentation keepsake box for what is believed to be the world’s most expensive champagne glasses valued at $400 000.  These commissioned glasses are hand carved from quartz rock crystal, and are diamond encrusted and trimmed with rose and white gold. 
  • Conservation of case and works of c1770 Single Handed Long Case Clock.