Canberra & Surrounds - October 2015 - Page 4

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Heysen Range from Walkandi Peak, Flinders Ranges, South Australia

©2013-15 Grant Da Costa

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Historic Lanyon Homestead…continued

Above: as well as accommodating the horses, the 1840s stables complex housed the harness room (top right), the Angus & Son coach (centre right) and the Smithy (right).

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The interior of the homestead is superb - parlour (above left) and dining room (above right).

And what better way to finish off a wonderful three hours at Lanyon than lunch in the superb cafe (right).

National Gallery of Australia

Established in 1967, the NGA is the national art museum of Australia and the largest art museum in the country, holding more than 166,000 works of art.

Tom Roberts, the famous Australian painter, began lobbying a series of Prime Ministers following Federation in 1901, for the establishment of a national gallery. The idea was accepted in 1910 and the following year a board was established which was responsible for art acquisitions. Construction of a permanent building to house the growing collection was a priority of the board from 1912 but two World Wars, the Depression and competing priorities such as building a Parliament House and establishing Canberra meant that nothing happened until Prime Minister Robert Menzies got the ball rolling in the mid 1960s.

Unfortunately during my visit the European, European Australian and Western art galleries were closed for refurbishment, leaving only the Aboriginal, South and East Asian, and the Sydney Nolan collections accessible. Here follows some of my favourites from those collections.

Aboriginal Galleries

Left: Red Plains Kangaroo, 1962, by Yirawala. Crocker Island, Western Arnhem Land. Natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark.

Right: a collection of paintings from the Kimberley.