Andrew Mackenzie OAM

ANDREW MACKENZIE OAM
BUSINESS: P.O. BOX 559, MOUNT ELIZA, VICTORIA 3930

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.

IN THE ARTIST'S FOOTSTEPS

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.

RECENT AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

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.

EARLIER AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

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".

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

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

POSITIONS HELD ON SOCIETIES

Member, Heidelberg Historical Society - over 25 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, 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 25 years.

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

PROFESSIONAL WORK BACKGROUND

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.

MAJOR PROJECTS COMPLETED SINCE SELF-EMPLOYED

HELPING THE MARYVILLE COMMUNITY BY REBUILDING THE MARYSVILLE & DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY COLLECTION

Following the devastation from the "Black Saturday" Bushfires of 7 February 2009, Andrew offered his 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".

Andrew 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.

Into 2016, has continued helping the Marysville & District Historical Society collecting and donating items and processing photographs for the collection.

HELPING THE HEALESVILLE COMMUNITY CELEBRATE THEIR 150TH BIRTHDAY IN 2014

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".

HELPING THE VICTORIAN COASTAL COUNCIL PROMOTE THE HERITAGE OF THE VICTORIAN COASTLINE

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.

THE HEIDELBERG SCHOOL ARTISTS TRAIL

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, with the erection of a further thirty-nine signs. The trail 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 as Arts/Heritage Consultant on this project for Parks Victoria, Banyule City Council, Manningham City Council, the Shire of Nillumbik, and the Shire of Yarra Ranges.

HELPING THE VICTORIAN ARTISTS' SOCIETY (VAS)

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.

MEDIA RELEASES - RELATING TO THE VAS - POSTED:

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

YouTube VIDEOS - RELATING TO THE VAS AND PUBLISHED SINCE 2014. INTERVIEWED AND FILMED BY RON SMITH

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).

JUDGE & OPENER OF EXHIBITIONS

Since the 1980's Andrew has 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 was 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 also 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.

 

PROFESSIONAL PUBLICATIONS

BOOKS

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).

MANNAGUM PRESS

In July 1986, Andrew established Mannagum Press, his own small publishing company. He 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.

PROFESSIONAL PUBLICATIONS

ART CATALOGUES

Since 1987, Andrew has provided Sotheby’s and Christie’s Australia with entries on a number of major Australian art works for their Australian Art Catalogues. He has also provided information and entries for Kozminsky Galleries, Leonard Joel and Lauraine Diggins Fine Art. In 1998, he 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.

2014 Auction Catalogue entry for "Frederick McCubbin, "Mrs McCubbin Picking Blossom (Spring)", 1890, Mossgreen. Fine Australian & International Art, Auction, Melbourne, 28 October 2014, pp. 84-89.

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

1998 Christie’s Australia. Sydney, 17th August 1998
Frederick McCubbin : ‘Bush Idyll’ 1893

1997 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 Old Friends – a private viewing. (Streeton, Roberts, McCubbin, Withers).
Curated this important 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
A Catalogue commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Box Hill – Doncaster Regional Library.

1989 Denes de Holesch 1910-1983 : Horses Painted From Memory
A Catalogue with 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.

ARTICLES

Andrew has had a lifelong interest in Australian Art, Australian History, Australian Flaura and Fauna and the Australian Coast. From the early 1970's, has written many articles on these subjects which 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.

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

ENTRIES FOR THE AUSTRALIAN DICTIONARY OF BIOGRAPHY

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

PROFESSIONAL LECTURES

Since 1987, Andrew has 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. He believes in making Art and Art History more accessible to the public, and with this in mind, he has provided many voluntary lectures (often with the use of original art works) to the elderly and frail in retirement villages.

Andrew has 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.

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

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

UNIVERSITY LECTURES

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.

NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA LECTURES

For more than twenty years Andrew has 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, he delivered an "Impressionism Short Talk Afternoon" concentrating on "Japanese Influences" - as well as providing two ARTBUS Tours, "Heidelberg and Beyond" and "Coastal Impressionists".

ARTICLES ABOUT HIS PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

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.

CONSULTANT

Over the past twenty-five years Andrew has 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.

DONATIONS AND FUND RAISING

Since the early 1980's Andrew has 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, Andrew 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, Andrew 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 Andrew has 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.

PROFESSIONAL INTERVIEWS

RADIO

Since 1985, Andrew has 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.

TELEVISION

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.

DVD

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.

INTERNET

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: abc.net.au/blacksaturday.

 


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

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