31 May - 11 August 2013
Paris to Monaro tells the story of one of the many 20th century settlers of the Australian Capital Territory and surrounding region, the cosmopolitan Australian painter Hilda Rix Nicholas, who came here with a rich personal history and wide experience of the world.
Hilda Rix Nicholas was in London when she cut out a newspaper clipping about the establishment of Canberra in 1913. After travelling widely overseas between 1907 and 1926, she came home with her paintings and exotic mementos, and in 1927 came to Canberra to paint on Red Hill and Mount Pleasant. The following year she married Edgar Wright, whose grandfather had owned Lanyon. They moved to his property, Knockalong, near Delegate, and together established a flourishing homestead.
Hilda Rix Nicholas's large, high‑coloured paintings and drawings of her family and friends in the Monaro landscape will be shown for the first time at the National Portrait Gallery. Paris to Monaro will also include artefacts, furniture, garments, souvenirs and ephemera brought directly from the studio she designed and created for herself at Knockalong. Part of this magical studio will be recreated in the exhibition.
For more information visit www.npg.gov.au
A must see for Delegate girls, especially those who grew up next door to Knockalong, like me.