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Restored history unveiled

Saturday, 17th May, 2014

Regional Art Gallery Manager Cathy Farry and local MP John Williams unveiling the restored artworks.PICTURE: Emily Roberts Regional Art Gallery Manager Cathy Farry and local MP John Williams unveiling the restored artworks.PICTURE: Emily Roberts

By Emily Roberts

Two pieces of local history have undergone restoration as the first of many artworks that will be repaired.

Two of Broken Hill’s earliest artworks were unveiled yesterday after undergoing a transformation to return them to their former glory.

The 123-year-old “Memories” by John William Godward and “Green Cape, SE South Australia” by James Ashton have been meticulously restored courtesy of a $35,000 State Government grant.

The works were donated to the gallery in 1904.

Regional Art Gallery Manager Cathy Farry said the restoration was successful.

“The frame on ‘Memories’ was damaged but the painting is in good condition - that was cleaned and the frame was restored,” she said.

“The painting ‘Green Cape’ had bad damage and was loose against its frame.”

Ms Farry said more artworks would undergo restoration.

But the gallery will be doing a lot of fundraising to make it happen.

“We have the oldest regional gallery in NSW and our collection is over 110 years old,” she said.

“The next artwork we will look to restore is ‘A Ford on the Acheron River’ - it has varnish problems, so that will need to be removed and replaced.

“We will be mainly concentrating on our older work which are favourites.”

Local MP John Williams unveiled the works at a morning tea yesterday.

“This is the first stage of renovations for a number of paintings,” Mr Williams said.

“The Regional Art Gallery is a great tourist attraction, so it is important to keep the quality of artworks that are exhibited.”

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