People & Places

Pine Trees in 1952 - side view of the main house

23 York Street, Eltham

The first Knox house in Eltham was 'Pine Trees', 23 York St Eltham, it was purchased in 1949, This three acre property was close to Eltham township. It was home to a large (28 squares) Victorian weatherboard house with a detached wing, a ... read more
Kenneth Gee (left) and Professor David Armstrong, pictured at a press conference for The Friends Of Vietnam at the Rex ..

David Armstrong

David Armstrong, 1926-2014 David Armstrong, affectionally known as DMA or Armo, was in an elite category of Australian intellectuals ? a philosopher who developed an international reputation, perhaps the most considerable of any Australian ... read more
Sam Atyeo

Sam Atyeo

The following is a precis of Sam Atyeo's entry in The Australian Dictionary of Biography. Some of the links take you to Alistair Knox's more intimate account of events. Samuel Laurence Atyeo born January 6, 1910 his mother was Olivia ... read more
Kevin Borland

Kevin Borland

Kevin Borland was a friend of Alistair's and in the early stages of Knox's career signed off on his designs as 'Supervisor'. Following is the Borland entry in wikipedia Kevin Borland (28 October 1926 – 2000) was an Australian post ... read more
Portrait of Arthur Boyd in his studio, Open Country, Murrumbeena, c, 1944 Photograph: Albert Tucker

Arthur Boyd

Arthur Merric Bloomfield Boyd AC OBE (24 July 1920 â?? 24 April 1999) was a leading Australian painter of the late 20th century. Boyd's work ranges from impressionist renderings of Australian landscape to starkly expressionist figuration ... read more
David Boyd Photograph: Albert Tucker

David Boyd

David Fielding Gough Boyd, OAM (23 August 1924 - 10 November 2011) was an Australian artist, and a member of the Boyd artistic dynasty. Boyd family artistic dynasty The Boyd artistic dynasty began with the marriage of Emma Minnie ... read more
Family and friends at Open Country, c.1951

The Boyds

It was called the Brown Room and it was just an ordinary sort of mid-20th century living room in a two-bedroom weatherboard house in Murrumbeena. Sometimes, though, in the 1940s and '50s, there would be up to 50 people there, dancing, ... read more
Betty Burstall. Photo: Photo courtesy of La Mama Theatre

Betty Burstall

Betty Burstall 1926 - 2013 Betty Burstall, the former teacher who nurtured Melbourne's explosion of contemporary theatre in the 1960s and '70s, has died. She was 87. The founder of Carlton's iconic La Mama Theatre was remembered as ... read more
The young Tim Burstall

Tim Burstall

Tim Burstall AM (20 April 1927 â?? 19 April 2004) was an English Australian film director, writer and producer, best known for hit Australian movie Alvin Purple (1973). A key figure in Australian postwar cinema, Burstall was ... read more
Suzanne Dance

Suzanne Dance

Susanne Dance graduated from The University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1965. Upon receiving her degree, Dance was introduced to the concept of Urbanism, and realized that the buildings surrounding the city of ... read more
Richard Downing

Richard (Dick) Downing

Richard Ivan (Dick) Downing (1915-1975), economist, was born on 13 March 1915 at Caulfield, Melbourne, second child of Horace Gleadow Downing, public servant, and his wife Blanche Pauline, née Domec-Carré, both Victorian born. When his ... read more
Moya Dyring painted by Mary Alice Evatt in the 1930s

Moya Dyring

"Moya Claire Dyring (1909-1967), artist, was born on 10 February 1909 at Coburg, Melbourne, third child of Carl Peter Wilhelm Dyring, medical practitioner, and his second wife Dagmar Alexandra Esther, nee Cohn, both Victorian born. Moya was ... read more