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Seeking art's missing links
HANGING on the walls of the
Gawler Museum or stored away
for safe keeping are several paint-
ings which have captured Gawler
Churches, homes and streetscapes
of days gone by are easily recognisable
among many old artworks; however,
over the years, dates, artists and other
important details have gone amiss for
several of these works.
Gawler National Trust member Gra-
ham Tucker is hoping the community
can help fill in the blanks.
"I'd say, perhaps, some of them came
here without any information and it
would be of use to have some informa-
tion," he said.
"They are certainly a valuable record
of old Gawler."
The first painting that drew Mr
Tucker's attention regarding the need
for more information is of Cowan
Street's St Andrew's Church 'Free Pres-
byterian Church', donated to the mu-
seum in 2001.
While the date the painting was cre-
ated on is unknown, the watercolour
shows the church prior to its spire be-
ing removed in about 1899.
A few rooftops are seen between the
hills, along with a large building, which
reads 'Korff and Gome'.
'Harris Gawler' has been written in
pencil on the painting's backing board.
Meanwhile, another piece Mr Tucker
needs help with is a much older paint-
ing, donated by Arthur Hewitt in 1967,
of 'the oldest house in Gawler'.
Believed to be one of the first stone
residences in Gawler, Baker Cottage, on
the corner of Reid and Finniss streets,
was demolished in 1957.
Details attached claim a Miss Eime
created the oil in 1936.
A third painting, a hand-painted
lithograph, depicts 'C. J. Lucas' Ex-
The back of the painting claims the
painting dates back to around 1889,
however there are no artist details pro-
Another cottage painting includes
the signature G. Farrow but is not
Anyone with any information to add
is invited to contact the Gawler Na-
tional Trust Museum (8522 4709) at
59 Murray Street, Gawler.
EACH year the Gawler Commu-
nity Gallery gets into the holiday
spirit by setting up a Christmas-
themed display of items for sale.
This year's displays feature numer-
ous cards, prints, jewellery, stockings,
ornaments and bunting, created by
the gallery's members.
Gallery member Heather Garfield
has created several Christmas cards
for the room.
"It's an extension of the gallery re-
ally and an opportunity for our mem-
bers to do something a little bit dif-
ferent, especially for Christmas," she
"It's an extension of all the artists'
regular work and it sort of adds to the
gallery too at Christmas time."
Member Gem Congdon has created
bunting especially for the Christmas
She encouraged visitors to come by
and take a look at all of the items for
"It's lovely and I wish more people
would come and see it," she said.
The Gawler Community Gallery's
'Christmas Gifts' exhibition is on dis-
play until Sunday, December 15.
The gallery is located at the Sta-
tionmaster's Residence, Gawler Rail-
way Station, and is open Thursday to
Sunday, 10am to 4pm.
at the gallery
A variety of Christmas items, including cards,
bookmarks and ornaments are available for sale from
the Gawler Community Gallery. PHOTOS: Mary Ackers
TOP: Gawler National Trust member and museum
volunteer Graham Tucker uncovers several mystery
paintings. LEFT: A painting of St Andrew's Church was
donated to the museum in 2001. PHOTOS: Mary Ackers
2014 history exhibition
THE Gawler Community Gallery will again
be holding a History Month exhibition
competition in May.
The total prize pool is $600 and includes
$250 for best artwork, of any medium featuring
a Gawler building.
Other prizes include $250 for best artwork,
any medium of a Gawler scene, and $100 for the
best photo featuring a Gawler building, scene or
The entry fee will be $5 per artwork/photo.
Entry forms with full details will become
available from about February next year.
New gallery board
THE new Gawler Community Gallery
management board was elected on
Thursday, November 7.
Ron Brook has been elected president, Joanne
Hughes as vice-president/roster co-ordinator,
Colleen Gates as secretary and Ellen Steyn as
Thelma Kirkwood is program manager, Judy
Gillett-Ferguson publicity officer, Dianne Vagg
shop co-ordinator, Sue Olds Gawler Health
Service project co-ordinator and Sylvia Bolding
is office assistant.
The Gawler Community Gallery's seventh
annual meeting was held at the Criterion Tavern
and doubled as an end-of-year Christmas
Gawler Art Society news
THE past year has been busy for Gawler Art
Society members who have participated in
several successful workshops.
Looking forward to 2014, artists will have
plenty of opportunity to enjoy their hobby and
learn new techniques through interacting with
each other and also participating in bimonthly
The Gawler Art Society's Christmas break-up
lunch will be held on Tuesday, December 10, at
La Dolcé Vita Restaurant.
The 'Members' Christmas raffle' will be drawn
after lunch, with the winner taking home a
painting by Peter McLay.
The winner of the Gawler Art Society raffle
drawn at the Gawler Rotary Village Fair was
Esma Nottle. Second prize went to Helen Butler.
Painting days at the Studio (in the Sport
and Community Centre) will recommence on
Tuesday, January 14, from 10am to 3pm.
More information is available by phoning
Find us on
In the members' Christmas room of the Gawler Community Gallery are Gem
Congdon and Heather Gar eld. Gem is pictured with her hand-made bunting,
while Heather is holding a Christmas card by Laura Wright.
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