Collection UQFL139 - Queensland Art Fund Records

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Queensland Art Fund Records


  • 1927-1955. (Creation)

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7 boxes.

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Administrative history

The Queensland Art Fund was organized by Vida Lahey and Daphne Mayo to promote public interest in the Queensland Art Gallery. Through purchases and gifts, the Fund acquired paintings, books and a collection of 2000 photographs given by the Carnegie Corporation, New York. When Art Fund activities ceased, the collections were divided among the Queensland Art Gallery, the University of Queensland and other public bodies.

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Biographical history

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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Collection previously titled as: Records, 1927-1955
Collection alternatively titled as: Queensland Art Fund Collection.

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Minutes of meetings, annual reports, circulars, correspondence and financial records, correspondence regarding nomination of trustee, Art Library records, newspaper clippings, press publicity reports, papers on the Queensland Art Fund lunch hour talks.

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Unrestricted access.

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  • English

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Publication note

Material from this collection has been cited in:
Lovell, Sue Rosemary (2010). 'Vida Lahey's Progressive Activism for Children's Art Education', Australian Historical Studies, 41:3, 269-285.

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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