Painting, Port Macquarie Breakwall; Albert C Muller; 1964; 2014.45
Painting, Port Macquarie BreakwallAbout this object
This simple acrylic painting of Port Macquarie’s Breakwall was painted by Albert C Muller and presented to the Port Macquarie Branch of the Manning District Ambulance Service by the First Aid Class of 1964.
The class of 40 students commenced their first aid training in May 1964 and sat their examinations three months later in August. They were trained by Neville Stanton a member of the Port Macquarie ambulance transport service who also represented the St John’s Ambulance Association. The cost of the first aid classes was advertised as approximately £1.
The classes were held at Port Macquarie’s newly built ambulance station on the corner of Clarence and Murray Streets and perhaps the class thought the painting would be a most suitable and enduring gift to hang in the new building.
We know nothing about Albert Muller the artist, but presume he was an amateur artist, as the style is naïve and the materials used are basic.
The painting depicts an iconic view of Port Macquarie looking towards the town from the Hastings River breakwall. It shows the sandy banks of the Hastings River near Port Macquarie’s town green and the Royal Hotel is visible. Whilst the painting is an artist’s impression, it does illustrate Port Macquarie just prior to its modern development.
The painting evidences the gratitude of participants in the first aid class of 1964 to the Port Macquarie Branch of the Manning District Ambulance service.
13 March 2015
1964Medium and Materials
Hardboard, paint, woodPlace Made
‘PRESENTED TO PORT MACQUARIE BRANCH M.D.A. BY FIRST AID CLASS 1964’ painted on frameMeasurements
660mm L, 450mm H, including frame
615mm L, 410mm H, excluding frame
Donor: Port Macquarie Ambulance StationObject Type
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