Around Australia

Art & Wine 2016

In January 2016, we drove from Sydney to Canberra and Rutherglen, and back. We wanted to see the exhibition of Tom Roberts paintings at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, there was an interesting exhibition on "Impressions of Paris" at the Murray Art Museum Albury, and we wanted to again try some of the wines of Rutherglen. This is where we went:

  Between Goulburn and Canberra, we passed the site of Lake George, a shallow lake that fills and empties for no very apparent reason. When the road was upgraded, the lake was full and a lookout was built. As you can see, there is now no water. *
  But there was a good view of a wind farm. *
  In Canberra, we stayed at East Hotel on Manuka Circuit, which was a good and comfortable hotel. On the ground floor was a pleasant wine bar with these unusual light fittings. *
  The next morning, we set out for the National Art Gallery. This is an installation near the main entrance. *
  "Uranium glass" light in a corridor in the National Art Gallery. *
  Lynn was much taken with these sculptures. *
  It was difficult to take pictures in the Tom Roberts exhibition because of the number of visitors, but Nick got this shot of "The Big Picture", officially called The Opening of the First Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia by His Royal Highness the Duke of Cornwall and York, 9 May 1901. The painting measures 5.65 x 3.6 metres, contains 269 separate portraits, and is usually displayed in the main foyer of Parliament House. Moving it to the National Art Gallery was a major undertaking. †
  Jackson Pollack's Blue Poles, with reflection and bored security guard. *
  Detail of Blue Poles. *
  A new acquisition: Ariadne by Arthur Streeton. †
  A rather strange exhibit. Mihaia [Messia] by New Zealander Brett Graham, modelled on a Russian BRDM-2 scout car. †
  Back outside the National Art Gallery, this globe was suspended over the approach roadway ... *
  ... with many birds sitting on its suspension wires. *
  Since out last visit to Canberra, the Kingston Waterfront on Lake Burley Griffin has been extensively developed with flats ... *
  and with restaurants on the ground floor. *
  Some parts, like this bridge, have been designed to look rusty. *
  Other parts, like this handrail, just got that way naturally. †
  View of the American War Memorial across the lake. *
  Black swans on Lake Burley Griffin. *
  Driving along the hume Freeway between Yass and Albury, there were some interesting cloud formations. *
  On the main street of Albury, there were some reminders of old insurance companies: Transport & General and Australian Mutual Provident. *
  This group used to appear in all the AMP's advertising and publicity. *
  Also on the main street is this older Courthouse. *
  In Rutherglen, we stayed in the Tuileries, a property used for both wine making and accommodation. At one stage, it was owned by Seppelts which explains the avenue of palms. *
  The unit where we stayed. †
  The view from the back deck of our unit early in the morning. †
  The vines outside our unit were young, but those at Morris of Rutherglen were old. *
  We have always liked the tree-lined driveway at All Saints' Winery. *
  And All Saints' Winery is itself impressive. *
  We drove to Corowa, just inside NSW, to see the Art Deco buildings. *
  Then to Rutherglen's Carlyle Cemetery, where there was a section reserved for Jews containing only one grave. *
  Another section was for Pagans, and had these Chinese joss houses. *
  One of the Chinese foot stones. *
  Some of the graves were not in good repair. †
  Our last call was at Scion winery, which had these metal cut-out kangaroos scattered around. *
  The tasting room and sales area at Scion. †


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