Stalking Cat

Stalking Cat

Australian Country furniture was created out of necessity and  through the poverty of the 1890’s and 1930’s depression and the early settlers living in remote and isolated regions of Australia. As a result of these harsh conditions, resourceful people made their own furniture and implements from whatever materials were available to them – branches, packing cases, tins, wire and fabric.

Out of necessity came ingenuity, packing case couches, side tables with stick legs, wash basins from oil tins, chest of drawers from packing cases with kerosene tin drawers and the list goes on. This primitive furniture has naïve but charming qualities. In its heyday it was functional, practical, simplistic but appreciation for its aesthetic appeal has grown overtime. Today it is increasingly more difficult to come by genuine pieces.

Stalking Cat recognizes such items as an important part of our social and cultural heritage and has set up an engaging store in the charming township of Gisborne in the Macedon Ranges.

Stalking Cat specializes in original early settlement, depression, primitive, rural antiques and country house furniture and wares. Our items are sourced from around Australia. We also offer beautiful early examples of country house furniture from the U.K and primitive  folk wares from the U.S.A.





Dominic Romeo

Dominic Romeo

As a teenager, my mother would always say “why is it, that even in a drought you can return home with a car covered in mud”. I don’t think she understood ( and still doesn’t) my compulsion for seeing what was down every dirt road I passed and my fascination for visiting tips and the sheer pleasure in discovering the beautiful and the battered.

Over the past 30 years Dominic has worked in tourism, hospitality, event management and restoration. However, his principle interest has always been restoring heritage buildings. Dominic spends a considerable amount of time sourcing architectural antiques, fittings and furniture with his wife Marie who is an established interior decorator.

His interest for Australian Antiques began at age 15. It was during the 1980’s he began scouting the countryside collecting early country antiques, primitive and depression furniture.

Today Dominic Romeo operates his unique store, “Stalking Cat” in the township of Gisborne in the Macedon Ranges in conjunction with Bellholme – his wife Marie’s interior design store

Dominic Romeo has been featured in numerous magazines, TV and radio programs and has been the recipient of 20 Awards in tourism and business. He holds a BA in Business Management, BA in Fine Art Photography and is a Board member of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) and sits on a number of National Trust committees in finance and conservation. Dominic is also on the Yalari fund raising committee to provide educational opportunities for Indigenous children. And now with his wife Marie – authors of “The Constant Renovators” published by MUP – Melbourne University Publishing


Stalking Cat can deliver purchased items anywhere in Australia or Overseas. Local delivery free of charge.

Hire of Furniture
Stalking Cat provides a hire service to the film, television or advertisement industry. We also hire to shops for unique window displays.

Wanting to make space in your shed!
Stalking Cat is always on the lookout for interesting items you may wish to sell. We buy individual items or shed lots. Please call us on  03 54 282811 or email