People & Places

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
Margaret Lord

Margaret Lord

Margaret (Peg) Lord was Alistair Knox's girlfriend from 1930 when they attended night classes at the Gallery School, Melbourne until she left to go overseas in 1934. "Margaret Florence Lord was born at Warnambool, Victoria on 12 December ... 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
Sonia Skipper at Montsalvat

Sonia Skipper

Sonia Skipper born May 8,1918 in Western Australia, died Renmark South Australia May 21, 2008. Her parents were Mervyn Garnham Skipper and Lena Cooper Skipper. She was the second of three children. Her father was a telagraphist for the ... read more
Matcham Skipper in the early 1940s

Matcham Skipper

Born New Zealand, October 14, 1921. Died Melbourne, February 24 2011, aged 89. The third child and only son of Mervyn Garnham Skipper and Lena Cooper Skipper. The family eventually settled in a Burley Griffin designed house in Outlook ... read more
Walter Burley Griffin (1876-1937), by unknown photographer. <a href="" target="_blank">National Library of Australia</a>, nla.pic-an23379354

Walter Burley Griffin

Walter Burley Griffin (1876-1937), architect, landscape architect and designer of Canberra, was born on 24 November 1876 at Maywood, near Chicago, United States of America, eldest of four children of George Walter Griffin, insurance agent, ... read more
Francis Greenway (1777-1837), by unknown artist. State Library of New South Wales, GPO 1 - 21951

Francis Greenaway

Francis Greenway (1777-1837), architect, was born at Mangotsfield, near Bristol, England, son of Francis Greenway and Ann, nee Webb. The Greenways had been stonemasons, builders and architects in the west country for generations. Francis ... read more
Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright (born Frank Lincoln Wright, June 8, 1867 ? April 9, 1959) was an American architect, interior designer, writer, and educator, who designed more than 1,000 structures, 532 of which were completed. Wright believed in ... read more
The Great Hall looking South East


Montsalvat is an artist colony in Eltham, Victoria, Australia, established by Justus Jorgensen in 1934. It is home to over a dozen buildings, houses and halls set amongst richly established gardens on 48,562 m2 (12 acres) of land. The ... read more
John Perceval (right) & Arthur Boyd in 1943 Photograph: Albert Tucker.

John Perceval

John de Burgh Perceval AO (1 February 1923 - 15 October 2000) was a well-known Australian artist. Perceval was the last surviving member of a group known as the Angry Penguins who redefined Australian art in the 1940s. Other members ... 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
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
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
Clifton Pugh self portrait

Clifton Ernest Pugh

Clifton Ernest Pugh (1924-1990), artist, was born on 17 December 1924 at Richmond, Melbourne, youngest of three sons of English-born Thomas Owen Pugh, assistant mechanical engineer, and his wife, Adelaide-born Violet Ogden, nee Cooke. His ... read more
Gordon Ford, ably assisted by Alistair Knox and Tony Jackson, making mud bricks on an early Alistair Knox house

Gordon Ford

Landscape designer 1918 - 1999 We used to call him Thatch or Golden Boy because of his hair; and since he always worked out of doors he was tanned the year round. He eschewed matters of a material nature and this included the wearing ... read more