Burke’s new man looks to the fu­ture

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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.

Look out.

RE-IMAG­I­NA­TION: Cameron Auty in Beech­worth’s his­toric precinct, where he has taken up his ap­point­ment as Burke Mu­seum and his­toric precinct man­ager.

PHOTO: Jamie Kronborg

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