Mu­seum adds to its col­lec­tion

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - NEWS - By CORAL COOK­SLEY

A PAINT­ING by a prom­i­nent Aus­tralian artist gifted last month will add fur­ther to the Chiltern Athenaeum Mu­seum’s valu­able his­tory col­lec­tion.

Wagga man Ste­wart Beat­tie, a de­scen­dant of Bar­nawartha’s MacKenzie, fam­ily handed over the art­work painted by re­spected Aus­tralian artist Hugh Ram­say (1877-1906) of his grand­fa­ther Arthur MacKenzie Esq.

The gift also in­cluded five pen and ink sketches of Burrabun­nia by the fa­mous artist with a paint­ing by Mr Beat­tie’s wife Robyn from a photo of An­nie Fer­gu­son who be­came Arthur MacKenzie’s wife.

Mr Beat­tie spent the lat­ter years of World War II at Burrabun­nia Vine­yard homestead and fondly re­mem­bered his time in the district.

He also re­mem­bered time play­ing with his sis­ter in the fas­ci­nat­ing home and shop of Hilda Dow – now a Na­tional Trust prop­erty in Chiltern.

Hugh Ram­say a close friend of the great Dame Nel­lie Melba had painted her por­trait in Lon­don.

Af­ter the pair re­turned to Aus­tralia, Ms Melba suggested that the ill Mr Ram­say suf­fer­ing with tu­ber­cu­lo­sis (TB) con­va­lesce in North East Vic­to­ria with the MacKenzie’s at Burrabun­nia where he un­der­took the paint­ing of Mr MacKenzie.

Chiltern Athenaeum Mu­seum chair Kevin May­hew said the gifts added to the fo­lio of work that showed the mu­seum col­lec­tion’s wealth of his­tory.

DO­NA­TION: Ste­wart Beat­tie form Wagga Wagga, a de­scen­dant of Bar­nawartha’s MacKenzie fam­ily has given a paint­ing of his grand­fa­ther by Aus­tralian artist Hugh Ram­say to the Chiltern Athenaeum Mu­seum.

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