Subseries Subseries 2 - Godfrey Rivers Trust Records

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UQFL119-Series B-Subseries 2


Godfrey Rivers Trust Records


  • 1912-1965 (Creation)

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11 folders

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Richard Godfrey Rivers (1858-1925) was a highly regarded artist and teacher. He taught at the Brisbane (Central) Technical College (1890-1910, part-time 1910-1915). His students included Harold Parker, Vida Lahey, L.J. Harvey, Daphne Mayo and Lloyd Rees. Rivers was president of the Queensland Art Society (1892-1901 and 1904-1908) and the first curator for the Queensland National Art Gallery (1895-1914). He died in 1925. In 1929 his wife, Selina (Ina) Jane Godfrey, nee Bell, (1868-1947) announced her intention to give a bequest to the Queensland National Art Gallery. The Godfrey Rivers Trust was to be used for the purchase of some pictures and in providing prizes for artists. It was the Queensland National Art Gallery's first significant endowment. The trust came to an end due to dwindling funds in 2009. During its time the Trust presented 48 works to the Queensland Art Gallery.

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Daphne Mayo was a foundation trustee of the Godfrey Rivers Trust. Daphne Mayo, former student of Rivers, was the main buyer for most of the works acquired by the Trust for the Queensland National Art Gallery (now the Queensland Art Gallery). This subseries includes newspaper cuttings, legal and financial records, details and notes on competitions, and correspondence. The correspondence (137 letters, 14 telegrams) relating to the Godfrey Rivers Trust. Correspondence from Godfrey Rivers and Selina (Ina) Rivers to Mayo including letters of introduction for Mayo by Rivers while she is in Europe. Additional letters by Ina Rivers are held elsewhere in this collection. Letters are from 1912 to 1965, and some undated. Not all years have correspondence.

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Unrestricted access.

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  • English

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Prior to rearrangement and rehousing in September 2020, the majority of this material was peviously housed in Box 23


Box 7 Folders 1-11

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Created, Linda Justo, 28-Sep-2020.




McKay, Judith. 'Rediscovering the artist Godfrey Rivers and his legacy to Queensland' Queensland History Journal, vol. 22, no. 4, Mar 2014: 287-301, accessed online 28-Sep-2020.

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  • Box: UQFL119 Box 7