DECEMBER 2018

HELEN MILLAR

HISTORY herSTORY – New life in a harsh foreign land

My response to HISTORY herSTORY is this collection of small, narrative works; paintings 2D and 3D and embroidery.

I have taken a chronological approach, beginning with the time and place where the story of European settlement began and moved my way down, to my neck of the woods, my childhood town in the Victorian Western District and later, Melbourne and Geelong.

Indulging my love of local history, period costume, miniature paintings, antique embroidery, antique dolls and doll's houses, I tell little stories about women and children, real and imagined. My picture stories have connections with tales I grew up with, to places I have visited and in researching interesting women whose stories have piqued my interest.

I enjoy utilising discarded materials such as fish tins, an old cotton sheet, a woollen blanket and with glue and paint seeing their transformation into something 'precious'.

Convict Mother and Baby. Doll.
First Fleet. Sydney 1788.

11cm (W) x 27cm (H)

 

Rose de Freycinet.
Sydney 1819.

13cm (W) x 11cm (H)

 

Sleeping Baby in a Basket.
Sydney 1818.

5cm (W) x 10cm (H)

 

Baby James Macarthur Sleeping in Cradle. Sydney 1793.

7cm (W) x11cm (H)

 

Sleeping Baby in Possum Skin Blanket. Sydney 1818.

5cm (W) x 10cm (H)

 

Christening Robe for
Baby Elizabeth Macarthur. Sydney 1792.

 7cm (W) x11cm (H)

 

Heading South from Sydney.
1825.

16cm (W) x 7cm (H)

 

Steerage. 1837.

10cm (W) x 5cm (H)

 

Immigrant Ship. 1837.

10cm (W) x 5cm (H)

 

Lola Montez Performing Her Infamous Spider Dance for the Diggers of the Goldfields 
Pantin Puppet. Ballarat 1856.

17cm (W) x 22cm (H)

 

On the Deck of the Ship. 1853.

16cm (W) x 7cm (H)

 

Mary Anne Bayles Ford at Cape Otway Lighthouse 1858.

 7cm (W) x 16cm (H)

 

Baby Shoes. Melbourne 1854.

5.5cm (W) x 3.3cm (H)

 

The Inaugural Melbourne Cup Race Meeting. Melbourne 1861.

10cm (W) x 7.5cm (H)

 

Doll. Melbourne 1854.

 3.3cm (W) x 5.5cm (H)

 

Anne Drysdale in a Boat. Corio Bay. Geelong 1840.

7.5 (W) x10cm (H)

 

Portable Sewing Machine and Bolts of Cloth. Geelong 1890.

11cm (W) x 6.5cm (H)

 

Georgiana McCrae’s Watercolour Box. Melbourne 1841.

 11cm (W) x 6.5cm (H)

 

Georgiana McCrae Arriving at
Port Phillip. 1841.

10 (W) x 7.5cm (H)

 

Eva Carmichael and the Minton Peacock. Port Campbell. 1878.

17cm x 22cm (H)

 

The Loch Ard. 1878.

11cm (W) x 18cm (H)

 

Cargo. The Loch Ard. 1878.

10 (W) x 7.5 cm (H)

 

Cabin luggage of the Carmichael Sisters.
The Loch Ard. 1878.

10 (W) x 7.5cm (H)

 

Anonymous Woman Stitching a White Star on the Eureka Flag.  Ballarat 1854.

17cm (W) x 22cm (H)

 

Caroline Newcomb in Nightgown at the Banks of the Yarra Yarra.
Batmania (Melbourne) 1836.

17cm (W) x 22cm (H)

 

Elizabeth Macquarie, Governor Macquarie and Party, Inspecting the Road to the Blue Mountains. Sydney 1815.

24cm (W) x 17cm (H)

 

Madeleine Wirth on Horseback. Wirth’s Circus. Geelong 1889.

17cm (W) x 22cm (H)

 

Matilda Butters wearing the ‘Press Dress’ at the
 Mayoral Fancy Dress Ball.
Melbourne 1866.

17cm (W) x 22cm (H)

 

Elizabeth Macarthur at
Elizabeth Farm Parramatta. Sydney 1798.

17cm (W) x 24cm (H)

 

Madame Brussels and
the Parliamentary Mace. Melbourne 1891.

17cm (W) x 22cm (H)

 

Vida Goldstein Campaigning for the Senate. Melbourne 1903.

17cm (W) x 22cm (H)

 

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HISTORY herSTORY
– New life in a harsh foreign land

My response to HISTORY herSTORY is this collection of small, narrative works; paintings 2D and 3D and embroidery.

I have taken a chronological approach, beginning with the time and place where the story of European settlement began and moved my way down, to my neck of the woods, my childhood town in the Victorian Western District and later, Melbourne and Geelong.

Indulging my love of local history, period costume, miniature paintings, antique embroidery, antique dolls and doll's houses, I tell little stories about women and children, real and imagined. My picture stories have connections with tales I grew up with, to favourite places I have visited, and my research into interesting women with fascinating stories

I enjoy utilising discarded materials such as fish tins, an old cotton sheet, a woollen blanket with glue and paint then seeing their transformation into something 'precious'.

HISTORY herSTORY – New life in a harsh foreign land

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    My response to HISTORY herSTORY is this collection of small, narrative works; paintings 2D and 3D and embroidery.

    I have taken a chronological approach, beginning with the time and place where the story of European settlement began and moved my way down, to my neck of the woods, my childhood town in the Victorian Western District and later, Melbourne and Geelong.

    Indulging my love of local history, period costume, miniature paintings, antique embroidery, antique dolls and doll's houses, I tell little stories about women and children, real and imagined. My picture stories have connections with tales I grew up with, to places I have visited and in researching interesting women whose stories have piqued my interest.

    I enjoy utilising discarded materials such as fish tins, an old cotton sheet, a woollen blanket and with glue and paint seeing their transformation into something 'precious'.