Hawkins established J B Hawkins Antiques in Australia in
1967, he is a founder member of the Australian Antique & Art
Dealers’ Association and was the second President from
1993 to 2000.
Born and educated in England, he attended the Royal Military
Academy Sandhurst, and was commissioned into the Middlesex
Regiment in 1962. Resigning his commission he emigrated to
Australia in 1967.
In 1973 he wrote the catalogue and staged the pioneer exhibition
held by the National Trust (NSW) at Lindesay in Sydney, “Australian
Silver 1800 – 1900”.
Five further books have been written “Thomas Cole
and Victorian Clockmaking” (1975), “The Al Tajir
Collection of Silver” (1985), “Nineteenth
Century Australian Silver” (1990), “Irish and
Scottish Cabinet Makers and their influence over Australian
Colonial Furniture in Sydney and Hobart before 1840” and
in 2010 “Zoomorphic”.
He lives in Tasmania, Australia and is acknowledged both
internationally and within Australia as having assembled
some of the worlds foremost collections of antiques.