Andrew Mackenzie OAM


Arts / Heritage Consultant, Historian and Author, Archivist. Project Manager, Lecturer, Curator, Publisher and Librarian.
Judge of many significant Art Shows, and generous supporter of the Arts.

A leading authority on the Artists of the Heidelberg School and the concept creator of the HEIDELBERG SCHOOL ARTISTS TRAIL.

This Business Name was registered with ASIC on 15 May 2015 and the Trade Mark (No. 1703374), was Filed on 3 July 2015 and the Certificate of Trade Mark issued on 15 April 2016

This Business Name was registered with ASIC on 15 May 2015 and the Trade Mark (No. 1703375), was Filed on 3 July 2015 and the Certificate of Trade Mark issued on 30 January 2017. An Amendment (Class Added) Trade Mark (No. 1864631) was filed 9 August 2017 and a further Certificate of Trade Mark for this Amendment, issued on 13 March 2018.

- "Paintings, watercolours, pastels, prints and sculpture from 1788 by colonial artists of Australia and by members of the Heidelberg School and their followers." Approval granted 5 April 2016


Wrote to HRH The Prince of Wales on 25 April 2011 offering to help organize an exhibition of HRH's watercolours in Australia. Followed this up with a letter on 23 November 2015 and suggested that an appropriate venue for the exhibition would be the National Gallery of Australia. A positive response for the proposal was received and this led to a detailed discussion with all parties of the logistics raised in the proposal. Also suggested that this exhibition would make a very fitting 70th Birthday present for HRH The Prince of Wales from Australia. The exhibition was held at the National Gallery of Australia from 10 August - 18 November 2018 and was greatly enjoyed by a large number of visitors to the Gallery, both from Australia and overseas.


Provided Artist biographies for In the Artist's Footsteps website, established in 2000, including an updated biography of Albert Namatjira, and a listing of the major exhibition catalogues of his works, as well as the first biography of Sir William Dargie, launched in celebration of Dargie's 90th Birthday.

Australia Post gave credit for the information from the Albert Namatjira biography in their stamp booklet produced in 2002 in celebration of the centenary of the birth of this Artist.

The website also has information on Tom Roberts and "The Big Picture" launched in celebration of the Centenary of Federation. The National Archives considered this information on Tom Roberts worthy of being added to the National Collection as part of the official "Centenary of Federation" celebrations.

In April 2002, the "Brushstrokes of the Coast" Project was launched on this website as part of the Victorian Coastal Council Conference.

Sir William Dargie was introduced into Fed Story (sharing his story at Federation Square, Melbourne) on Friday 26 July 2013 - marking ten years since his death.


On Australia Day, 26 January 2014, Andrew Henry Mackenzie Mount Eliza, Vic. was Awarded Medal (OAM) in the General Division For service to the community of Marysville, to the arts, and to the preservation of local history.
View PDF of the Sunday Age article 26 January 2014

10 February 2014 Received a "Letter Under Seal" from the Mornington Peninsula Shire acknowledging the "Australia Day Honours - Medal of the Order of Australia for Andrew Mackenzie OAM".

In 2014, Andrew was chosen as one of the "150 Faces of Healesville", see article and photograph in Mountain Views Mail, 29 July 2014.

In 2014, Andrew was also chosen as Patron of the Yakkerboo Art Show for the Cardinia Shire.

25 June 2015 Life Member of The Order of Australia Association.

14 August 2015 Guest Speaker at the 16th Annual Schools Award Luncheon for The Order of Australia Association. Victorian Branch. Mornington Peninsula Regional Group, held at the Safety Beach Sailing Club.


Awarded in 1994, an Australia Day Jagajaga Community Award for outstanding service to Australian Art and the Community.

On Wednesday 14th April 1999, delivered the Occasional Address at the Monash University Faculty of Arts Graduation Ceremony.

Awarded a Commendation for the Best Exhibit / Display in the Victorian Community History Awards for 2004 for the exhibition, "The Artists' Journey: Discovering the Victorian Coastline 1840 - 1910" held at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery in the summer of 2003 / 2004.

In February 2010, accepted invitation to be Patron of the Pastel Society of Victoria, Australia.

In October 2013, the Library within the new History Centre holding the Marysville & District Historical Society Collection was officially named, "The Andrew Mackenzie Reference Library".


Thursday 25 June 2015, became a Life Member of The Order of Australia Association.

Friday 14 August 2015, presented Guest Lecture on, "The First Anzac Day and First Remembrance Day" at the 16th Annual Schools Award Luncheon for the Order of Australia Association, Victorian Branch, Mornington Peninsula Regional Group (MPRG), held at the Safety Beach Sailing Club.

Thursday 13 October 2016, launched the Dame Nellie Melba Rose at Beleura House & Garden, Mornington, Victoria as an official event of the OAA, Victorian Branch, MPRG and donated 20 examples of this rose for the establishment of the "Melba Rose Garden at Beleura". Was Concept Creator for this rose which was officially internationally registered as a "New Rose Variety" in May 2011, as part of the Dame Nellie Melba's 150th Birthday celebrations that I had organized. This prize winning rose was bred by the highly acclaimed Rose Breeder, Dr Bruce Chapman from Beaumaris, Victoria.

Friday 10 November 2017, gave thank you gift to Anthony Knight, Manager, Beleura House & Garden of an original recording of "Good Bye (Tosti) by Madame Melba (victor Orchestra no. 88065) to add to the Beleura Melba memorabilia collection.

Friday 16 February 2018, was accepted as a Committee Member for the Order of Australia Association, Victorian Branch. Mornington Peninsula Regional Group and on Friday 9 March 2018 was elected a Member of the MPRG Schools Awards Subcommittee.

June 2018, had article published in the Order of Australia Victorian Branch Newsletter, #15, June 2018, p. 8 under "News from the Victoria Branch Committee", "Victorian Connection to a Unique Exhibition in the NGA, Canberra: Watercolours by HRH The Prince of Wales, 10 August - 18 November 2018" Provided Victorian President and also Editor with three page paper, "HRH The Prince of Wales - Watercolours Exhibition, 10 August - 18 November 2018: A 70th Birthday Present from Australia" giving historical background to this exhibition from its beginning in a letter dated 25 April 2011.


1992 Completed M.A. Department of Visual Arts, Monash University

1986 Completed Masters Prelim. in Art History, La Trobe University

1977 Completed Graduate Diploma of Librarianship, R.M.I.T.

1975-1976 Completed B.A. La Trobe University

1972-1974 Completed the first two years B.Sc (Biological Science) La Trobe University


Member, Heidelberg Historical Society - over 30 years

Member, Marysville & District Historical Society - since 2009

Member, Marysville Football Club - since 2009

Member, Marysville 150th Birthday Commiittee

Member, Healesville & District Historical Society

Member, Wandin & District Historical Museum Society

Member, Eltham Historical Society

Member, Essendon Historical Society

Member, Melbourne Tramcar Preservation Association

Member, Victorian Artists' Society

Member, Peninsula Arts Society

Member, Bottlebrush - since July 2007

Friend of the Australian Cartoon Museum

40th Anniversary Celebrations Committee, National Trust of Australia (Victoria) - 1995-1996

Steering Committee of three LEAP Schemes helping the young unemployed in Jagajaga - 1995-1996

Chairperson, Banyule City Council Culture and Heritage Advisory Committee - 1996

President, PYCTA (Plenty Yarra Community Tourism Association) - 1995-1996

Councillor, AGRA (Australian Guild of Realist Artists) - 1993 And Editor of "HUES".

Victorian President and Chair, National Executive ARLIS/ANZ (Arts Libraries Society of Australia and New Zealand) - 1992-1995

Councillor, Wildlife Artist Society of Australasia - 1992

Senior Vice President, Watercolour Society of Victoria - 1991 Member over 30 years.

President, Pastel Society of Victoria, Australia, 1991-1993 Member over 20 years. Patron since 2010.


2005 - From 5 October 2005, have been Personal Archivist for the Collection of Allan Myers QC AC and Maria Myers AC, creating and maintaining a major catalogue of this Collection.

2000 - Established "Artists Trails Australia"

1997- PRESENT Self-employed. Full-time professional Arts/ Heritage Consultant, Lecturer and Project Manager

1976-1996 Employed by La Trobe University as a Librarian in the areas of computer support, cataloguing, orders, acquisitions and reference. Promoted to University Librarian, Level 2.

1975-1976 Employed by National Mutual Insurance Company as a Trainee Computer Programmer.

1974-1975 Employed by ANZ Banking Corporation as a Computer Operator and Clerk.



Following the devastation from the "Black Saturday" Bushfires of 7 February 2009, offered help to rebuild the Marysville & District Historical Society Collection after the History Centre and the Collection of around 15,000 items built up over forty years were completely destroyed on "Black Saturday".

Helped gather over 20,000 items from around the world for a new collection and donated over 1,500 items from own personal historical collection.

In June 2009, was invited by Christine Nixon to be a member of the "Marysville and Triangle Phoenix Workshop" held at Stonlea Country Estate, Acheron.

In July 2009, established Sister / Friendship City links through the Historical Societies in Marysville, Kansas, USA and Marysville, New Brunswick, Canada.

On 23rd September 2009, was Guest Speaker at the 40th Birthday Celebrations of the Marysville & District Historical Society held at Crossways, Marysville. This event was filmed by the ABC - for internet coverage of the "Black Saturday" Story and the Rebuilding of the devastated Communities.

In June 2012, wrote the "Significance Assessment Report" on the Marysville & District Historical Society Collection - around 40,000 words and collated information and encouraged others to consider the establishment of a "National Strategy for the Protection of Heritage Collections in Australia" - especially following a major Natural Disaster.

In September 2013, curated the exhibition "RAIZED / RAISED" an exhibition of 167 A3 size historic photographs of Marysville and District from the Marysville & District Historical Society Collection. Held 9-21 September 2013, The Block Arcade, Collins Street, Melbourne.

On 5th October 2013, spoke at the Official Opening of the new History Centre for the Marysville & District Historical Society at 39 Darwin Street, Marysville.

In November 2013, Judged the Marysville Art Show as part of Marysville's 150th Birthday celebrations.

Since 2009 to present, has continued helping the Marysville & District Historical Society collecting and donating items and processing photographs for the collection.


Donated 522 (enlarged to A3 size and laminated) rare early photographs of this township to the Healesville Community as part of his "Greetings from Healesville" Project to help in the celebration of the 150th Birthday of Healesville. These photographs were handed over at the Healesville RACV Club to the Healesville and District Historical Society on the 19th June 2014 - the occasion of the 150th Anniversary of the death of Richard Heales - after whom Healesville was named.

Photographs from this collection were displayed by the Healesville and District Historical Society at the Healesville Library and the Healesville Community Branch of the Bendigo Branch between June and November 2014 under the exhibition heading, "Greetings from Healesville". Article covering the donation of these photographs, "Untold history unfolds" by Jesse Graham, Mountain Views Mail, 24 June 2014. Also internet story and photographs under heading "Untold History Unfolds / Upper Yarra Mail".


November 1997 Curator/Manager of display "IMAGES OF THE VICTORIAN COAST" for the 1997 Inaugural Conference "CARING FOR THE COAST" for the Victorian Coastal Council.

March 6th-9th 2000 Curator/Manager of Photographic Display 'GREETINGS FROM THE COAST' held at the Melbourne Convention Centre as part of the Australian National Coastal Conference: Coast to Coast 2000 -'Beyond the Beach'

2002 On 17th February, the "Brushstrokes of the Coast" project was announced at Beaumaris Beach and on the 15th April the project was launched on this website at the Melbourne Aquarium.

Summer 2003 / 2004 Curator of exhibition, "THE ARTISTS' JOURNEY: DISCOVERING THE VICTORIAN COASTLINE 1840 - 1910", the first major exhibition of the early artworks of the Victorian Coast.

2006 Curator / Manager of Photographic Display, "SEACHANGE REFLECTIONS" held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre as part of the Australian National Coastal Council Conference, "COAST TO COAST 2006". Included a hundred early A3 size photographs of the Australian Coast.


April 1997 Concept Creator and Project Manager for completion of first stage of the Heidelberg School Artists Trail, with the erection of twelve signs, for Parks Victoria, Banyule City Council and Manningham City Council.

April 1999 Completion of the extension to the Heidelberg School Artists Trail (HSAT), with the erection of a further thirty-nine signs. The HSAT now has a total of fifty-one signs and includes the areas of Eaglemont, Heidelberg, East Ivanhoe, Templestowe, Eltham, Diamond Creek, Research, Warrandyte, Silvan, Kallista, Olinda, Ferntree Gully and Mount Dandenong. Acted for Parks Victoria, Banyule City Council, Manningham City Council, the Shire of Nillumbik, and the Shire of Yarra Ranges as Arts/Heritage Consultant on this HSAT project.

19 May 2012, wrote an 11 page paper, "The Story of the Heidelberg School Artists Trail" and presented this to the Heidelberg Historical Society for their archives.


Has helped the Victorian Artists' Society for over thirty years, writing biographies of many of their early founding members, both male and female, as well as organizing and opening exhibitions, providing lectures and more recently promoting the VAS and its members through a number of YouTube videos.

In the Mid-1980's, suggested (with the support of Frederick McCubbin's daughter, Kathleen) that the Centre Gallery upstairs be renamed the "McCubbin Gallery" - and soon after, this renaming took place.

20 March 1987 Gave first formal lecture titled, "Walter Withers" to members of the Old Water Colour Society's Club (Australian Branch).

15 April 1987 Sir William Dargie launched his two books, "The Etchings, Lecture Notes and Writings of Victor Cobb, 1876 - 1945" and "Walter Withers: The Forgotten Manuscripts" in the VAS Upstairs Galleries.

August 1988 Acknowledged in the catalogue as lending paintings for the Victorian Artists' Society Bi-Centennial Festival of Art exhibition, held 9 August - 23 August, 1988.

15 June - 12 July 1998 Curator/Manager of Art & Photographic Display: 'IMAGES OF THE NATIONAL PARKS OF VICTORIA' held at Melbourne Central as part of the 'PARKS ON PARADE' project for Parks Victoria, in celebration of the Centenary of the National Parks of Victoria. Invited VAS Members to take part in this major exhibition.

30 September 2005 Guest Speaker on Lance McNeil for M.A.R.A. Reunion Exhibition, held 30 September - 11 October 2005.

July 2007 Invited to join Bottlebrush.

2011 Co-ordinated a world-wide celebration of the 150th Birthday of Dame Nellie Melba GBE, who was born in Richmond, Victoria on 19th May 1861. This celebration included the international registration of the "Dame Nellie Melba" Rose that he dedicated to the Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust. Andrew also organized two fine art exhibitions, "PORTRAITS OF MELBA" and "MELBA'S MARVELLOUS MELBOURNE" held at the Victorian Artists' Society Galleries, Albert Street, East Melbourne in May / June 2011, to help raise funds for the Australian Red Cross.

17 May 2015 Participated as one of the "Sitters" for the "People Painting People: Emerging Faces" event held on Sunday 17 May 2015. Portrait was painted by Julian Bruere, Raffaella Torresan, Barbara McManus and Gwendoline Krumins. This event was reviewed by Anne Hewett in the VAS The Quarterly Journal, June 2015 - August 2015, pp. 10-11.

17 December 2015 Was interviewed for a newspaper article on the Centenary of the First Remembrance Day, 17 December 1915 - and the involvement of VAS Members. "Opening their arts" by Jen Kelly, IN BLACK & WHITE, Herald - Sun, 17 December 2015, p. 18.

Monday 7 December 2015 - "Lest We Forget: "Remembrance Day" Friday, December 17, 1915" Recognizing the considerable contribution to the first Remembrance Day made by members of the VAS and their families.

As well as the Media Releases listed below, also provided to the VAS for publication and distribution to their members were the following articles,

Sunday 5 March 2017 - "In Memory of "Smike": The VAS pays tribute to Sir Arthur Ernest Streeton (1867 - 1943) on the occasion of his 150th Birthday (8th April 2017)."

Wednesday 29 March 2017 - "In Celebration of the 20th Anniversary (11th April 2017) of the Heidelberg School Artists Trail which recognizes the major works of many Victorian Artists' Society members including Arthur Streeton."


Monday 13 October 2014 - "Brushstrokes of History: Walter Withers, The Drover, ANZAC DAY and Dame Nellie Melba".

Wednesday 15 October 2014 - "Victorian Artists Society Commemorates the Centenary of the passing of Walter Withers". (Included photographs of the event which took place on 13th October at the VAS).

Friday 17 April 2015 - VAS Special Bulletin - Artists and the War - Will Dyson: Australia's First Official War Artist - Victorian Artists' Society Member / by Andrew Mackenzie OAM (four pages, illustrated).

Saturday 25 April 2015 - VAS Special Bulletin - ANZAC DAY - "Andrew Mackenzie OAM - The War and the Artists at VAS".

Monday 30 November 2015 - Article for VAS Members - "An Insight into Tom Roberts: The Man and his Art" / Andrew Mackenzie OAM (four pages)

Monday 7 December 2015 - VAS Media Release - "LEST WE FORGET: REMEMBRANCE DAY, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1915" / Andrew Mackenzie OAM Art Historian


12 October 2014 "Andrew Mackenzie OAM, Art Historian, speaking about Walter Withers". (8 minutes 38 seconds)

13 October 2014 "Andrew Mackenzie (on Walter Withers) on the Centenary of the death of this Artist". (3 minutes 23 seconds)

8 November 2014 "Art Historian, Andrew Mackenzie OAM on Melba and the Victorian Artists' Society". (6 minutes 14 seconds).

22 April 2015 "Andrew Mackenzie OAM: The War and The Artists at VAS". (10 minutes 24 seconds).


Since the 1980's have judged and opened well over a hundred Art exhibitions, including Rotary Club, School, Council Art Shows, and Artist Society Exhibitions. These include the Annual Exhibition of the Pastel Society of Victoria, Australia; the Annual Exhibition of the Wildlife Art Society of Australasia; the Mont De Lancey Art Show (31 July 2015) and the Sherbrooke Art Society Exhibition (May 2015).

In May 2015 Guest Speaker at the Opening and Awards of the 4th Annual WRAD (Western Region Alcohol & Drug Centre) "Art in Schools Competition" - see booklet, "The WRAD Tapestry", p. 24.

In May 2015 wrote "A Word from the Patron" for the catalogue for the 39th Annual Yakkerboo Art Show, held May 2015 and on 18 October 2015 Opened the Yakkerboo Art Show Wine and Cheese Art Afternoon.

2011 In October, was one of the three judges for the "DROMANA 150 - A TRIBUTE TO BUVELOT" Competition.



2016 Contributed story of "William James Capewell" to the publication, "Fine Spirit and Pluck: World War One Stories from Banyule, Nillumbik and Whittlesea", (Yarraplenty Press / Busybird Publishing), Yarra Plenty Regional; Library, 2016, pp. 47-51.
Project Co-ordinator, Liz Pidgeon; Editors, Aparna Ananthuni, Laura McCluskey. Recognized as part of "100 Years of Anzac: The Spirit Lives 2014-2018".

2012 Wrote Significance Assessment Report on the Marysville & District Historical Society Collection, prepared for the National Library of Australia, June 2012. (70 pages and 150 Appendices)

2012 Significance Assessment Report on the Marysville & District Historical Society Collection, prepared for the National Library of Australia, June 2012. 70 pages and 150 Appendices.

2012 The "Dame Nellie Melba" Rose. Folder of 45 Pockets containing letters, photographs and relevant papers, including, "The "Dame Nellie Melba" Rose Story", "Dame Nellie Melba GBE: Australian Red Cross Ambassador" and "Dame Nellie Melba: Daughter of a Dundee Lassie and a Forfar Man".

2006 Private book / catalogue of one of Australia's most significant Private Art Collections. With over 500 pages of full Catalogue and Provenance details.

1994 Private book / catalogue of Private Art Collection with full biographical details on 41 Artists and full catalogue and provenance details, and photographs of 60 major works of Australian Art. Three Leather bound copies of this 300 page publication were published by Andrew Mackenzie in March 1994.

1990 Frederick McCubbin 1855-1917 : ‘The Proff' and his art
Published by Mannagum Press/Sotheby’s Australia.

1989 Walter Withers 1854-1914 (Famous Australian Art Series)
Published by Mallard Press.

Holesch 1910-1983 : Horse Paintings
Published by Austrascope, South Yarra, Victoria.

1988 Hans Heysen 1877 -1968 (Famous Australian Art Series)
Published by OZ Publishing Co., Queensland and reprinted by Mallard Press in 1989.

Albert Namatjira 1902-1959 (Famous Australian Art Series)
Published by OZ Publishing Co., Queensland and reprinted by Mallard Press in 1989.

1987 The Etchings, Lecture Notes and Writings of Victor Cobb, 1876-1945.
Published by Pioneer Design Studio.

Walter Withers: The Forgotten Manuscripts
Published by Mannagum Press

1981 Union List of Film, Television and Audio-visual Journals held in Australian Libraries. Produced with Helen Zilko, Librarian, Australian Film Institute and available in Card Form at the Australian Film Institute.

Journal Articles and Contributions to Monographs by Members of the Academic Staff, La Trobe University, 1966-1972. Published by LaTrobe University Library. (Library Publication, No. 21).


In July 1986, established Mannagum Press, his own small publishing company. Was and still is interested in publishing original manuscripts relating to Australian artists, as well as old letters, diaries, documents, historical photographs and reproductions of Australian artworks – many from private collections.



Since 1987, provided Sotheby’s and Christie’s Australia with entries on a number of major Australian art works for their Australian Art Catalogues. Has also provided information and entries for Kozminsky Galleries, Leonard Joel and Lauraine Diggins Fine Art. In 1998, wrote the Special Catalogue for Christie’s Australia for the Frederick McCubbin work ‘Bush Idyll’, 1893. This work sold at auction for an Australian record.

2016, Provided information in early March 2016 to update entry for Frederick McCubbin, "Study for The Rabbit Burrow", c.1910 for forthcoming Leonard Joel Auction.

2014 Wrote Auction Catalogue entry for "Frederick McCubbin, "Mrs McCubbin Picking Blossom (Spring)", 1890, Mossgreen. Fine Australian & International Art, Auction, Melbourne, Tuesday 28 October 2014, Lot No. 46, pp. 84-89.

2003 Curated The Artists' Journey: Discovering the Victorian Coastline 1840-1910 Exhibition and produced an 8 page colour illustrated catalogue. Also produced a full catalogue entry of 17 pages for this exhibition which was accessible to the public through the website of the Victorian Coastal Council.

1998 Wrote the entry for the entire booklet for Christie's Australia. Sydney, 17th August 1998
Frederick McCubbin : ‘Bush Idyll’ 1893

1997 Wrote the entries for the booklet The Heidelberg School Artists Trail
Published by Banyule City Council

1993 Important Australian Women Artists edited by Lara Smith
Published by The Melbourne Fine Art Gallery. Wrote eight of the entries for this catalogue.

1992 Curated the important Old Friends – a private viewing. (Streeton, Roberts, McCubbin, Withers) exhibition of memorabilia items and art works, and also produced an art catalogue of this exhibition. This was organized as part of the 25th Birthday Celebrations of the City of Doncaster and Templestowe. 2 September – 27 September. Doncaster Gallery. A video recording was also made of this exhibition.

1990 The Box Hill Artists’ Camp
Produced a Catalogue and helped organize the Art Exhibition commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Box Hill – Doncaster Regional Library.

1989 Denes de Holesch 1910-1983 : Horses Painted From Memory
Produced a Catalogue with a biography on the artist. This Catalogue was translated into Hungarian and used for a major exhibition on this artists work, which was held in New York.

1987 Snugglepot & Cuddlepie and other Fairy Folk of the Australian Bush
Written with Robert Holden, and Published by James Hardie. This Catalogue was written to accompany the exhibition that was curated by Robert Holden and Andrew Mackenzie in the Herbarium in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne and also in Canberra. Organized as a free exhibition for children throughout Victoria and the ACT, over a ten-week period, more than one hundred thousand children visited the exhibition.

1985 A Tribute to Victor Cobb 1876-1945 : A Retrospective Catalogue
Published by La Trobe University. Catalogue and Exhibition were registered as part of Victoria's 150th Birthday Celebrations.


Had a lifelong interest in Australian Art, Australian History, Australian Flaura and Fauna and the Australian Coast. From the early 1970's, have written many articles on these subjects that were published in various newspapers and journals.

This includes an article in 1972, "Not only the Green Potato", warning the public of the poisonous plants to be found in their gardens, and also in 1972, notes on discovering a species of Banksia growing in Victoria which previously had been catalogued as only growing in South Australia.

Other articles and papers included a paper in 1984 on "Manuscript and Collection Development" as a guide for the State Library of Victoria, a Teacher's Resource Kit in 1987 for the "Snugglepot and Cuddlepie and Other Fairy Folk of the Australian Bush" Exhibition, also in 1987 an article on the "Manifold Estate Panels" and in 1993 a major paper entitled, "Victoria: Birthplace of the Arts in Australia". A more recent 11 page paper, "The Story of the Heidelberg School Artists Trail" was produced in 2012.

There have also been forewords and book reviews, including the Foreword to John Brown 1804-1871: known as John "Como" Brown and "Brown of Como", researched and compiled by Beryl J. Black and published in 1991, as well as the review in 1992 of "The Art of Annemieke Mein"..

In 2015, wrote two entries for the "Tom Roberts" Exhibition Catalogue, National Gallery of Australia, 2015, Catalogue Entry No. 62, "YOUNG LUBRA, CAPE YORK", 1892, p. 196, illus., p. 197 and Catalogue Entry No. 74, "PEANAHGO BILLIPIMBAH: BILLIE MILLERA", 1894, p. 220, illus., p. 221.

Also wrote the articles

In 2015, "Tom Roberts: The man behind the Artist", published in VicPastelNews, February-March 2016, p. 8.

In 2016, "With fond memories: Ming Bellamy Mackay - the first Patron of the PSVA", published in VicPastelNews, August-September 2016, pp. 10-11.

In 2016, "Special Tribute: Memories of Maurice Callow", published in Watermark, July-September 2016, pp. 16-17

April 2017 "Remembering "Smike" on his 150th Birthday (8th April 2017): Sir Arthur Streeton (1867 - 1943): Inspired by the beauty of Heidelberg and Eaglemont" Paper presented to Jenny Macklin MP, Federal Member for Jagajaga for publication / distribution to those within the Jagajaga Electorate and also provided to the Heidelberg Historical Society. in 2015, "Tom Roberts: The man behind the Artist", published in VicPastelNews, February-March 2016, p. 8.


VOLUME 12, 1990, pp. 551-553
Walter Herbert Withers 1854 –1914

VOLUME 11, 1988, pp.467-468
John Thomas Nightingale Rowell 1894-1973
William Nicholas Rowell 1898-1946


Since 1987, have delivered well over two hundred lectures on Australian Art to groups at National and Regional Galleries throughout Australia, as well as to University and School students, Art and Historical Societies, and various service groups within the community. I believe in making Art and Art History more accessible to the public, and with this in mind, have provided many voluntary lectures (often with the use of original art works) to the elderly and frail in retirement villages.

Have also provided lectures in front of the signs that make up the Heidelberg School Artists Trail, and has ensured that the signs have been placed so that they are easily accessible to the elderly and the disabled in the community.

Lectures in Schools are aimed at making our School children more aware of their rich Arts/Heritage, and hopefully stimulating their interest and encouraging them on to further studies.

Have provided lectures on Arts/Tourism, and on a variety of Australian Art topics for the Council of Adult Education.

Recent Lectures include:

24 August 2015 Guest Lecture, "The History of Women in Australian Paintings", Oakleigh Evening View Club Dinner.

Wednesday 14 June 2017, Presented Guest Lecture on, "Withers in Eltham" in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Eltham Historical Society, held Eltham Senior Citizens' Centre, Library Place, Eltham.

Saturday 5 August 2017, Presented Guest Lecture on, "Australian Artists and their Families in the First World War" - a Community Event - As part of A Commemorative Service to mark the centenary of "Battle of Ypres - Menin Road, Passchendale, Zonnebeke", held St. Margaret's Church, 79-81 Pitt Street, Eltham.

Monday 25 September 2017, Presented Maurice Callow Lecture on , "From the Cousin of his Grandfather, William Callow 1812 - 1908 to a life Drawing Class with a Difference and a Viewing of 25 Australian Watercolours from the National Gallery of Victoria Collection", held Victorian Artists' Society Rooms. Lecture was also published in Watermark, July-September 2017, pp. 12-14.

Monday 16 April 2018, Presented Guest Lecture on, "The First World War: Australian Artists and their Families". This was presented to members of the Rotary Club of Heidelberg.

Monday 26 March 2018, Spoke on the achievements of Donald Cameron at the presentation of his Life Membership of the Watercolour Society of Victoria (WSV), held at AGM of WSV, Cato Gallery, VAS. (Donald Cameron died on 3 May 2018). Also spoke on the life and achievements of Donald Cameron to members of Bottlebrush on Wednesday, 16 May 2018, held at Cato Gallery, VAS.


Lectures at the University level include lectures to the Post Graduate students at Monash University in the Centre for Australian Studies; Lectures to the First and Second Year students at La Trobe University in the Tourism and Events Management courses, and Guest Lectures at LaTobe University in the Art History Department, including the "Frederick McCubbin Sesquicentenary Lecture" presented to the Academic staff of the Art History Department and LaTrobe University Alumni Association, Art History Chapter on 12th August 2005.
Also provided lectures on Art History and Arts/Tourism at the Council of Adult Education for over ten years.


For close to thirty years have given lectures at the National Gallery of Victoria. Was the Guest Lecturer at the National Gallery of Victoria for their major Frederick McCubbin (1991), Tom Roberts (1997), Albert Namatjira (2002), and Charles Conder (2003) Retrospective Exhibitions. Also was Guest Lecturer for a series of lectures celebrating the 150th Birthdays of the Artists, Walter Withers (2004), Frederick McCubbin (2005) and Tom Roberts (2006). These later lectures were presented at NGV Australia at Federation Square.

Other lectures delivered at the National Gallery of Victoria, include the 2001 lecture, "The Heidelberg School and Federation", and the 2003 lectures, "Expatriate Australian Artists" and "Australian Artists, Exhibitions, Art Societies and Art Schools of the 19th Century" Parts 1 and 2. A further series of lectures, "The Wonderful World of Watercolour" was also delivered in 2005.

In 2007, as part of the Public Programs for the "Australian Impressionism" Exhibition held at NGV Australia, delivered an "Impressionism Short Talk Afternoon" concentrating on "Japanese Influences" - as well as providing two ARTBUS Tours, "Heidelberg and Beyond" and "Coastal Impressionists".

As well as lectures, have provided photographs for exhibition catalogues, such as Charles Scott, "Bathers, Yarra River at Heidelberg" for the "Australian Impressionism" Exhibition, 2007 and works of art, such as Walter Withers, "Life Class, Academie Julian" from the Withers Collection for the "Australian Impressionists in France" Exhibition, 2013, Catalogue, No. 1.


Since 1985, well over two hundred articles have appeared in Local and National newspapers, as well as leading journals, including Art and Australia, The Bulletin and Business Review Weekly and RoyalAuto.

An article entitled "FULLY RESTORED", mentioning his help in the restoration of the Marysville & District Historical Society Collection appeared in the RoyalAuto November 2013, pp.18-19.


Over the past twenty-five years I have often been asked by Writers, Musicians, Film Producers and Historians to provide information on the lives and characters of the Heidelberg School Artists.
Two such occasions were:

2004 The Choir Members of the Eltham East Primary School needed to know about the character and life of the Artist, Walter Withers. Under the direction of Stephen Leek the information provided the setting for a song on Walter Withers which was recorded on a CD, "LOCAL HEROES" produced in December 2004.

2005 Was consultant to Musical Producer, Peter Burgess for his opera, "McCubbin: A Musical Biography of Frederick McCubbin" which was performed at BMW EDGE Ampitheatre on 25th February 2005 (Frederick McCubbin's 150th Birthday) as a sesquicentenary celebration of this Artist and his works.

2010 Was also consulted for a forthcoming production on the Life of Albert Namatjira.


Since the early 1980's have made numerous donations of books, works of art and historical memorabilia items to Schools, Libraries, Historical Societies, Community Groups and Public Galleries.

This includes over 800 books to the Yarra-Me Quadriplegic Centre in Croydon for their Library, over 1,500 historic items to the Marysville & District Historical Society and in November 1990, Australian Reference books to the Governor of Victoria, Dr Davis McCaughey to help establish a Government House Reference Library.

On behalf of the Greenwood family, in December 1999, I donated Ted Greenwood's personal papers, books, drawings and illustrations to the children's books that he had written and illustrated, to the State Library of Victoria.

On behalf of Edna Bennett, in October 2003, I donated over 400 rare music scores to the Music Library, The University of Melbourne and also helped organize the donation of her very early piano to the Music Museum, Australian National University.

An unusual donation was that of a very large Granite rock to Withers Park, Eltham - which had to be transported from Melton - to which a plaque was later attached on 13th October 1990 in recognition of the Artist, Walter Withers.

A large pen & ink caricature of R.H. Croll by Alex Gurney was donated to the Melbourne Savage Club in 1986, Victor Cobb works were donated to Benalla Art Gallery and La Trobe University Gallery in the 1980's, and early lithographs depicting St Thomas More were donated to St Thomas More Primary School, Mount Eliza in 2009.

The Andrew Mackenzie Sculpture Award for the best sculpture for the Wildlife Artist Society of Australasia was provided in 1991 and 1992 and through organizing exhibitions and giving Guest Lectures, funds were raised for the Royal Children's Hospital Appeal in 1989, the Royal Brisbane Hospital Research Foundation in 1992, the Camperdown Hospital Auxiliary in 2001, 2002 and 2005 and the Australian Red Cross in 2011.

Since 1995 have also provided the photographs of major works of art depicting early Heidelberg and Eltham for reproduction on the front page of the yearly Jagajaga Community Australia Day Awards booklets.

Gave gift of rare important photographs dating back to the beginnings of La Trobe University including an image of the early address in St. Kilda Road, Melbourne and of major Library related events over the first 25 years of the Library. Photographs were to help celebrate "La Trobe University 50 Years 1967 - 2017" and were given on the occasion of the launching of, "EXHIBIT F(ifty)" held The Odeon, Union Building, La Trobe University, 10 October 2017.



Since 1985, have been interviewed on ABC Regional and National networks, as well as local radio, Inner FM and Plenty Valley FM.

Memorable interviews include a discussion of the book, "Frederick McCubbin 1855-1917: "The Proff" and his Art" with Ranald Macdonald for the ABC Christmas Special on 3LO and all ABC Networks throughout Australia, and a taped interview on 13th March 1991 on "Frederick McCubbin - His Life, Artworks and Family" with Kathleen Mangan (Frederick McCubbin's daughter) by Jillian Berrie, ABC Perth as No.15 for the "Sightings" Program.

More recent radio interviews include, 28th July 2009 A discussion on "Albert Namatjira (Fifty Years since his Death) and The Rebuilding of Marysville" interviewed by Graham Mayberry and Royston Hardey, 6PR, NIGHTLINE, Perth.

7th September 2009 On the "History of Dunkeld and Rebuilding the Heritage of Marysville" interviewed by Jeremy Lee, Breakfast Presenter, ABC South West Victoria (Warrnambool).

16th September 2009 On "Rebuilding the Marysville & District Historical Society Collection" interviewed by Ross Fletcher and George Lopez (The Illegals), 3WBC 94.1 FM. Again interviewed on this subject, on this program - this time with Artist, Carla Fletcher.

26th July 2013 On "Commemorating Ten Years since the death of Sir William Dargie" Interviewed by Red Symons, Breakfast with Red Symons, 774 ABC Melbourne.


Has appeared on Channel 10 News, Channel 9 Today Show and on Channel 7 Today-Tonight on Tom Roberts, 11th February 1997, and Channel 7 Today-Tonight on the Heidelberg School Artists Trail, 13th June 1997.

Was also interviewed by Geoff Cox for Channel 9 Postcards - "The Heidelberg School Artists Trail", Saturday April 2000, and on 9th September 2013 appeared on Channel 10 Nightly News - coverage of the "RAZED / RAISED" exhibition in The Block Arcade, Melbourne.

Consultant for the Documentary, "THE GREAT GOLD RUSH" made for television by presenter, Mike Hamilton, and aired on Channel 7, "THE WORLD AROUND US" with Peter Mitchell, 20th October 2001.
This Documentary was produced in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Discovery of Gold in Victoria. Appeared in the production, speaking on the goldfields as they were depicted in the works of Art produced at that time. The Documentary was marketed as part of "THE WORLD AROUND US" series and years later was still being purchased by overseas Academic Institutions and Libraries.


Was Guest Speaker on "Lance McNeill" for M.A.R.A. (The McNeill Academy of Realist Art) - Reunion Exhibition 2005, held 30th September - 11th October 2005 at the Victorian Artists' Society Galleries. A DVD of the Opening was produced that included the speeches.


Gave an extended interview for "The Age" Newspaper Documentary / Film - "MARYSVILLE FROM THE ASHES" - appeared in PART 4: "HOPE & RENEWAL" at the 3.44 minute mark. This interview and documentary was produced by Martin Daly to cover the six months since "Black Saturday" and appeared on the internet on Friday 7th August 2009.

Made brief appearance in ABC production, "BLACK SATURDAY" - "REG & MARY KENEALY: MARYSVILLE, VICTORIA", 2009 - when Guest Speaker at the 40th Birthday Celebrations of the Marysville & District Historical Society, held at Crossways, Marysville. This was published on Thursday 15th October 2009 and was available for viewing on the ABC website:


Left: Arthur Streeton - Above Us The Great Grave Sky, 1890
Collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

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