Burke’s new man looks to the future
CAMERON Auty is an engaging fellow. It’s the fourth day of his new appointment as Beechworth’s Burke Museum and historic precinct manager and Indigo heritage manager.
He sits forward on a leather sofa in the museum and tells a tantalising story of his time as an art courier.
One task was to escort from the National Gallery of Victoria to National Galleries Scotland a rare and very valuable portrait of ‘Madame Mère’ – Napoleon’s mother – in a cargo aircraft.
It was in New Delhi, in the middle of the night, and Courier Auty was not on the passenger list for the next leg.
But ‘Madame Mère’ was not to be unaccompanied – and he had to marshal his keen persuasive powers to ensure that he re-joined the flight and the precious portrait in the hold.
The tale is a something of a window into what Indigo might expect from the man who for the past three years has been collections manager for Museums Australia (Victoria).
“I want people across Victoria to see all the amazing stories and objects and artworks and all the strange and wonderful things – like this guy (the Burke thylacine) – and get them talking about the North East as a place to come for history and heritage,” he says.