Item F2251 - Vida Lahey : artist / Lilian MacArthur.

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Vida Lahey : artist / Lilian MacArthur.


  • 1969 (Creation)

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[2], 32 leaves; 30 cm.

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Daphne Mayo MBE, sculptor, was born in Sydney in 1895 to English parents. She is noted for her large scale public artworks in Brisbane including the Brisbane Tattersall's Club frieze (1926), the tympanum and concert hall frieze of the new City Hall (1927-30), tympanum and Stations of the Cross for the Church of the Holy Spirit, New Farm (1929-30), Queensland Women's War Memorial, Anzac Square (1929-32), and relief panels for the chapel of Mt Thompson Crematorium (1934). In 1929 she co-founded the Queensland Art Fund with friend Vida Lahey. Between 1940 and 1942 she completed the bronze doors for the Public Library of New South Wales, perhaps her best-known work. She died in Brisbane in 1982.

"Lilian Macarthur" is a pseudonym of Daphne Mayo's.

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Photocopy of manuscript of biography of Vida Lahey. This article was written for a literary competition of the Society of Women Writers of N.S.W. in 1969. Daphne Mayo wrote it under the pyseudoynm 'Lilian MacArthur' (a combinaton of her first name and the second name of her father, William MacArthur Mayo). It gives an account of Vida Lahey's family history, her artist development, her art and her involvement in encouraging art in Queensland and for children.

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  • English

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Drafts, notes and original typescript of this biography are held in UQFL119-Series E. Daphne Mayo used the pseudonym 'Lilian Macarthur' for this article.

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Typescript (photocopy).
At bottom of first leaf: The Society of Women Writers of N.S.W. Literary Competition, 1969.

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Revised, Linda Justo, 14-Oct-2020. Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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