Item #CL200-25 Nature’s Gifts. Fresh Air And Fruit. Sheila Farquharson Wyllie, 1914–1980 Aust.
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Nature’s Gifts. Fresh Air And Fruit

1934. Colour lithograph, signed “Sheila Farquharson” in image upper right, 77.2 x 51.7cm. Repaired tears and missing portions, creases, stains, slight foxing. Linen-backed.

Text continues “Issued by Dept. of Public Health, NSW. Enquiries welcomed on all health matters. Alfred James Kent, ISO, Government Printer, Sydney, NSW.” This image is part of a series of 18 posters issued during 1934 by the Department of Public Health, NSW.

In 1934, the Department of Public Health held a competition for poster designs, with Sheila Farquharson of 44 Maroubra Road, Mosman winning third prize. First prize was awarded to Harold F. Abbott of 28 Wentworth Road, Vaucluse and second prize to S.G. Moriarty of 48 Constitution Road, Meadowbank. About 100 designs were submitted for this competition. Blaxland Galleries held an exhibition of this work in Sydney from 26 June 1934, which was opened by the Minister for Health, Reginald Weaver.

Sheila Farquharson Wyllie, daughter of noted community worker Marie Langley Farquharson (1883–1954), received a diploma in painting from East Sydney Technical College in 1934. She later married a Douglas Wyllie. Her career included working as David Jones’ display artist during the 1960s and creating murals and paintings during the 1970s. Ref: NSW Health; NGA; DAAO; SMH, 25.6.1934; SMH, 25.11.1962; The Canberra Times, 19.1.1980.

Item #CL200-25

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