Marion Kilzer worked for Cornelius Furs for many years. In her interview she describes her every day work, In the excerpt below she talks about the range of furs available in Sydney before conservation movements began to impact on custom.
At Cornelius, my god, we were using everything: minks, ermines, moray kids, Arabian kids, calf, pony, monkey, tiger, ocelot, leopard, pershaneki, kolinsky. God, we had so many furs; to think of them all at once it’s a bit hard but there’s so many, such a big range – nutria, beaver. It was in the late seventies that they began to ban tigers and leopards; they were the main ones.