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Original article published on The Australian Jewish Press on 2nd November 2017: https://www.jewishnews.net.au/victorian-mps-recall-beersheba/70666

Community leaders and MPs at the unveiling of an artwork honouring the Diggers of Beersheba in the Victorian Parliament. Photo: Ren Rizzolo.

A copy of a painting depicting the charge of the Australian Light Horse into Beersheba 100 years ago this week was presented at Victoria’s Parliament House on the October 31 centenary date, with Jewish leaders and state MPs in attendance.

The artwork portraying the mounted Diggers, by military equestrian artists Ron and Jennifer Marshall of Warwick, Queensland, was presented at a reception in Parliament hosted by Sandringham Liberal MP Murray Thompson.

Portrayed in the painting is Jewish Anzac, Major Eric Hyman, who was among the charging riders. Hyman won a Distinguished Service Order for his bravery when he and 13 of his men dismounted and attacked a redoubt of 60 Turkish machine-gunners.

“How did 14 men in the open under no cover kill 60 entrenched Turks? Can you explain that? It was the hand of God,” Jennifer reflected to The AJN.

Honor Auchinleck, a granddaughter of Australian General Sir Harry Chauvel who commanded the Light Horse in World War I, told The AJN she had heard about her famous forebear from childhood, but exploring the sites of the battlefields in later years “brought the story alive” for her.

“It was a journey I needed to do for myself. My parents were terrific in telling the stories, but without maps. Seeing the battlefields makes you imagine what it must have been like … to read my grandfather’s letters … to hear about the dust creeping into everything, the thirst, the hardships,” she said.

Lieutenant-Colonel Graeme Smith, president of the General Sir Harry Chauvel Foundation, spoke of a proposal to name one of the stations in the planned Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel after Chauvel.

The reception was attended by Jewish leaders including Executive Council of Australian Jewry president Anton Block, Zionist Federation of Australia president Danny Lamm, Zionism Victoria board member Atida Lipshatz and Victorian Association of Jewish Ex & Servicemen and Women board member Julie Leder.

In Parliament, MPs led by Thompson, gave members’ statements lauding the history-making charge.

Several Liberal and National Party MPs, including Tim McCurdy (Ovens Valley), Cindy McLeish (Eildon), and Steph Ryan (Euroa) memorialised riders in the charge hailing from their electorates.

Kew Liberal Tim Smith recalled the 31 Australians who gave their lives in the charge. Liberals Wendy Lovell and Georgie Crozier honoured the centenary in the Legislative Council.

On the ALP side, a tribute came from Footscray Labor MP Marsha Thomson, co-convenor of the Victorian Parliamentary Friends of Israel.

Caulfield Liberal David Southwick, co-convenor of the Parliamentary Friends group, who was in Israel for the Beersheba centenary events, told The AJN: “I am delighted to know this historic and poignant event is being recognised in the Parliament of Victoria and I thank all those involved.”



Ships and the sea are a big part of Australian marine Artist Ian Hansen’s life both on the canvas and in his everyday life. 

His paintings have traveled the world and now he’s won his 7th award in a marine art exhibition in the United States.

Ian’s ‘Ship Dreadnought’ (36in x 24in) won an Award of Excellence at the International Marine Art Exhibition and Sale in the U.S!

The exhibition is a comprehensive, juried show that showcases the most recent works of more than 100 award-winning marine artists from around the world focusing on the most intricately researched historical and contemporary images which document the relationship between man and the sea.

The award winning artist is one of The Romantics and will be at Morpeth Gallery 21st & 22nd October for The Romantics Exhibition.

For more information on Ian Hansen click here
For all of the details on The Romantics Art Exhibition coming up in October click here

“What made Cooper extraordinary was his ability to combine scientific accuracy with great beauty.”

Newcastle raised and one of Australia’s most beloved artists, William T Cooper has been described as the “world’s greatest living wildlife illustrator”.

Thousands of the acclaimed birdman’s works are on display now at the State Library of NSW’s Amaze Gallery as a gift from William’s wife Wendy Cooper.

There’s also an exhibition coming up from October 28 to February 4 2017 in Queensland at Artspace in Mackay.

Read more…

Image Dominic Lorrimer Sydney Morning Herald

21st October – 22nd October 2017 at Morpeth Gallery 10am – 5pm

5 Green Street, Morpeth. 2321.  Admission free.

Werner Filipich, James Hough, Ian Hansen, Max Mannix and Ramon Ward-Thompson will be showcasing their original paintings and creative talents at Morpeth Gallery, from Saturday 21st October until Sunday 22nd October 2017. Free entry.

Originating in the late 18th century, romanticism is an artistic movement that stresses strong emotion, imagination and freedom. Artists of this romantic period aim to capture these ideals in their work, hoping to inspire an emotional response to their audience.

From its inception, romanticism was preoccupied with landscape. It evokes feelings of nostalgia, stirs life’s mysteries and portrays a grandeur of nature. Nature has the ability to transform the artist’s inner most thoughts onto the canvas, portraying a breathtakingly fresh look of the beauty in the world around us.

Werner Filipich is one of Australia’s last traditional artists who practices in the true tradition of the Heidelberg School of Impressionist Artists: packing up his easel and ‘going bush’, painting in the environment he wishes to capture. Werner takes regular painting trips to refresh his eye on the colours of the natural environment from season to season.

Hunter Valley wildlife artist James Hough’s has always had a deep passion for Australian wildlife and the environment. This has married with his other love, Fine Art and James’ work reflects the deep respect he has for the natural environment. He revels in the idea of his work capturing one particular moment in time and evoking emotion.

Marine artist Ian Hansen’s paintings portray his deep love of the sea and ships. He loves to paint the square riggers which today are the romantic period of sea travel. The ships Ian has seen throughout his lifetime from large Navy ships to his own yacht, are his inspiration along with his great understanding and respect of the sea. Ian began painting the romantics of the sea in watercolours when he was eight, and graduated to oils at the age of eleven.

Australian Living Legend, Max Mannix paints stories or ‘yarns’ based on his years growing up in Victorian country towns and working on cattle stations in the Queensland outback. Max’s time spent living in these rural landscapes have given him endless inspiration with colourful characters enabling him to depict life in a light-hearted vein with keen insight and gentle humour. 

Softness and subtlety are Ramon Ward-Thompsons key attributes. Ramon has the ability to capture the soft romantic mood of any setting like no other artist.  His paintings ooze romance in all settings from busy urban cities, the romantic lanes of Paris or the flowing streams of the Cotswold’s in England. Each of his painting are truly intimate and romantic.

Wildlife artist Garry Fleming in conjunction with Christian Paul Sydney are releasing a range of eye catching women’s watches featuring Garry’s artwork.  The watches will feature 3 designs that can be interchanged with different coloured leather and metal bands to create that unique look depending on your outfit.

The watches are excellent quality with Japanese movement and are water resistant.  Each watch comes in a luxury gift box. The little idea of Garry re-producing his artwork on watches has exceeded all expectations with them now also being released worldwide.

Morpeth Gallery will be one the first places in Australia to have these watches available for sale.  

Garry will be in residence at Morpeth Gallery Saturday 26th and most of Sunday 27th August to showcase his watches and original paintings.

If you would like to be one of the first in Australia to own one of these beautiful watches phone Morpeth Gallery on 49 343938 and speak to Janelle to reserve your watch.

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