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Andrew Mackenzie OAM
Art Historian

Andrew Mackenzie OAM
Art Historian

Andrew Mackenzie OAM is one of Australia's leading Art Historians and is the Curator of In the Artist's Footsteps. For close to thirty years Andrew Mackenzie has researched and lectured on the lives and artworks of the Artists of the Heidelberg School.

The magic of the brushstrokes and the vision of Sir Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts, Walter Withers, Charles Conder, Louis Buvelot, Clara Southern, Emanuel Phillips Fox, Jane Price, David Davies, Tudor St George Tucker, May Vale, Eugene von Guerard and Frederick McCubbin and the initiative of Andrew Mackenzie, will through this website now be made accessible to every classroom in Australia and to art lovers the world over.

In creating this website we have through the knowledge and care of Andrew Mackenzie and the participation of the Artist's family members, moved on from only displaying images of great paintings, to providing access to previously unpublished personal letters and images. This will help generations in the future appreciate the intrinsic link between the Artists, their families, friends, and the environment they so passionately painted.

It is intended to develop a series of on line lectures which can be listened to whilst people enjoy a walk In the Artist's Footsteps. We also intend to include in this section of the site comments from descendants of the artist's to provide a personal perspective.

Tom Roberts

Arthur Streeton

The Andrew Mackenzie OAM Audio Interviews

Tom Roberts Life
Andrew Mackenzie OAM talks about the remarkable life of Tom Roberts providing an insight into the artists' character.

Tom Roberts 'The Big Picture'
Listen to Andrew Mackenzie talk about Tom Roberts painting of the Opening of the First Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia by H.R.H. the Duke of Cornwall and York, (later H.M. King George V) May 9 1901 (1903).

Arthur Streeton and Tom Roberts
Roberts and Streeton spent the last years of their lives living only kilometres apart in the picturesque Dandenong Ranges, to the east of Melbourne. Their closeness as friends and artists and their shared empathy with the environment of this special area is one of the untold stories of the Heidelberg School.

How to use the Real Player interviews:
1. To play the Real Player interviews you will need to have Real Player installed. If you require Real Player, it can be downloaded and installed by clicking the "Free Real Player" button.
2. Once you have installed Real Player, click on the link, for instance - Tom Roberts 'The Big Picture'
3. A Real Player external window will open and begin playing the audio.

Copyright Notice:
The photographic images of the Artists and the reproduction of the Artists works are subject to Copyright. People who wish to reproduce any of these images need to contact the relevant authorities. The information provided within this website by Andrew Mackenzie remains his Intellectual Property. All other Rights Reserved Countrytowns Productions Pty. Ltd.

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

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