Museum adds to its collection
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.