“Ghosts of the Goldfields”


Giclee, 500×395 mm

In 1979, the Queensland State government organized art competitions across the state to select a series of paintings representing each local council. This was my entry for Charters Towers, once an important gold mining town. I had seen this storm above the cyanide hills some years before and sketched the scene. The ghosts were added to improve the composition and give atmosphere. It has been popular with some old miners who told me stories about the imaginary figures.

My entry was runner-up in that competition but I did finally have one of my paintings represent the Tully area in Parliament House.

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