Item F3489 - The king of the sea and other stories of prehistoric life at the University of Queensland / Kerry Heckenberg.

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The king of the sea and other stories of prehistoric life at the University of Queensland / Kerry Heckenberg.


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16 p.paper; 34 p. presentation printout; 30 cm.

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Donald Ross Cowen was born on 28 July 1920 at Brisbane. He worked as a Theatre/film designer, sculptor, painter, and scientific illustrator. He studied at the Central Technical College, Brisbane. Before moving overseas in 1953, he and Quentin Hole painted two palaeoart murals at the University of Queensland. He died in Tucson on 1 April 1987.

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Quentin Hole was a writer and illustrator of children's books. He exhibited at the Johnstone Gallery Brisbane, and designed the set for Aristophanes' Lysistrata at the Twelfth Night Theatre, Brisbane.

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Paper presented as a Research Seminar in the School of English, Media Studies and Art History at the University of Queensland, 31 July 2009. Discusses in detail the mural works of Don Cowen and Quentin Hole in the former University of Queensland Geology Museum, Richards Building, and their relevance as art works based on scientific knowledge of the day. Contents include a copy of the paper presented and a copy of the PowerPoint presentation.

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  • English

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Later pubished in reCollections: A Journal of Museums and Collections, vol. 5 no. 1.

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Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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