Anne Von Bertouch

Anne Von Bertouch - from Lost Newcastle Facebook group member Sue Horton.
Anne Von Bertouch – from Lost Newcastle Facebook group member Sue Horton.

Wikipedia:

Anne Von Bertouch (1915-2003) was a gallery director of the Von Bertouch Galleries in NewcastleNew South WalesAustralia believed to be the first commercial gallery outside a capital city in Australia. The gallery showed work by nationally prominent artists as well as artists associated with the Hunter Region of New South Wales, including still-life painter Margaret Olley(1923-2011), landscape drawer Shay Docking (1928-1998), mid-century modernist painter and textile designer Mary Beeston (b.1917), naïve artist Virginia Geyl (b. Holland 1917- d.1999) and the surrealist/religious painter Rona Scott, who created a mural for the film Tommy when it came to Australia.

Born Anne Catherine Whittle, she was educated at Sydney Girls High School and Armidale Teachers College, and married Roger Von Bertouch in 1939. They lived in Tasmania where they taught and she studied at Hobart Technical College before moving to Myall Lakes in 1951 to live an alternative lifestyle. Her novel February Dark (runner-up in The Sydney Morning Herald Literary Award) was based on that experience. Her other published works include The Ride Home and a text on sculptor Guy Boyd.

Anne Von Bertouch was awarded honorary master’s degrees by the universities of Newcastle and New England and was awarded a medal in the Order of Australia in 1979. Newcastle University also awarded her an honorary doctorate of letters.

Anne Von Bertouch died in 2003.


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