The following comments ( abbreviated ) were in an article presented by Mr Alan McEvey ( a Society foundation member pictured below) to a meeting of the Society in March 1995 entitled “Some comments On the First Ten Years of the Society.’

Alan McEvey and Richard Weatherly founded the Society in Melbourne in 1974. (Alan McEvey was trained in part as art historian although professionally he worked in the science of ornithology at the Museum of Victoria. ) Alan and Richard together thought how wonderful it would be to have a  society in Australia similar to the Society of Wildlife Artists in England. The idea was  discussed with several  people and there was agreement that Australia needed to proceed in that direction.

A joint decision was made to try to form a society.  An inaugural meeting was held in Feb 1974 and a preliminary drafting was made for a constitution. Hence the Society was established  and the name chosen was The Society of Wildlife Artists of Australasia.  founding members 1974

The first exhibition was held at the Windsor Hotel in Melbourne in 1974, and then travelled to Canberra.

Monthly meetings were held in various places and eventually settled at the Museum theatrette in Melbourne.

Eventually the Victorian Artists Gallery was to be used for exhibitions for many years.  The selection of works for the Annual Exhibition was carried out by a Selection Committee

A strong feature  of the early days of the Society was the instruction given to beginners.

A listing of Presidents in the early years included Richard Weatherly, Charles McCubbin, Ninnon Phillips (pictured below), Geoff Douglas and Tim Ealey.’

 

The WASA logo was designed by Robert (Bob) Warneke who joined the Society in 1990.

images below from the 1994 annual exhibition at Victorian Artists Society galleries.

Alan McEvey presenting 1994

Alan McEvey presenting 1994

 

1994 Pat Winnett with President John Baker

1994 Pat Winnett with President John Baker

 

1994 Andrew McKenzie presenting to Don Glue

1994 Andrew McKenzie presenting to Don Glue

1994 Best Drawing to Beverley Ednie

1994 Best Drawing to Beverley Ednie

1994 Dawn Stubbs

1994 Dawn Stubbs

1994 Don Glue

1994 Don Glue

1994 Watercolour award Robert Mancini

1994 Watercolour award Robert Mancini

1994 Paul Margocsy and Adele Forsythe-Grant

1994 Paul Margocsy and Adele Forsythe-Grant

A LIST OF SOCIETY PRESIDENTS 

Richard Weatherly 1974-  Ninon Phillips 1978-  Geoff Douglas  1981- Tim Ealey 1985-  Graham Shotter 1987-  Adele Forsyth-Grant 1989- John Baker 1993- Adele Forsyth-Grant 1995- Peter Flinn 1996- Beverley Ednie 1998- Chris Stubbs  2000- Colin Langham 2002- Janet Flinn 2003- Janet Matthews 2004- Jan Lowe 2010- Kelvin Mather 2012- Kris Peter 2016-

Ninon Phillips – Through her works in all respects Ninon Phillips provided enduring artistic inspiration.

 

MEETING VENUES  in Victoria

Victorian Environmental Centre, William Street, Melbourne
Museum Theatrette, Latrobe Street, Melbourne
Resource Centre, Melbourne Zoological Centre, Parkville
Bird Observers Club of Australia rooms, Nunawading
Balwyn Library, Balwyn in Victoria
Camberwell Library in Victoria
Box Hill Library in Victoria (current)

 

History Healesville L-R  Lilian & Kelvin Mather, Paul Margocsy, Tony Pridham & wife, Nuisance Emu, Ilma & Sue Duncan
1990 at Healesville Sanctuary, Victoria
Ninon Phillips

 

 

 

 

Ninon Phillips (President 1978-1980) and Beaky Bill
old newspaper article

 

 

 

 

Four decades ago : Charles McCubbin – a little bit of history 
 I have been looking through some old and odd pieces of WASA papers and I came
upon this article. Charles was one of the very early foundation members of the Wildlife
Art Society. He did some spectacular paintings of butterflies. The magazine cutting
dates  from approx. 1971 and is from  the Australian Women’s Weekly magazine.
Charles was the grandson of famous Australian landscape painter, Frederick
McCubbin.  Charles painted wildflowers and insects. He had an immense interest in
observing their behaviour and was fascinated by nature. At the time he was living in
Box Hill, Victoria.
His garden  was a re-created bushland, shared by frogs, hens, tortoises, lizards,
possums  and butterflies. For a butterfly painting he pinned them to cork-based
boards and put them under glass.   He made a rough sketch, putting  it into an
environment similar to  where it  had been found and then painted with the finest
brushes and lots of patience.  History Charles McCubbin approx 1971 From Kelvin & Lilian Mather, collectors of many things 

 

Four of the WASA Life Members 2014 - Kelvin Mather, Ian Milligan, Beverley Ednie, Peter Trusler

Four of the WASA Life Members 2014 – Kelvin Mather, Ian Milligan, Beverley Ednie, Peter Trusler

An interesting read : 1981 Robert Ingpen talk to open open exhibition