My father Ralph Trafford Walker, 1912-2003, sculpted the 18 bronze panels of Aboriginal people on the doors of the Mitchel Library in Sydney when he was 28 yrs old..

http://www.ralphtraffordwalker.com/ In 2018, 98% of his work and my mother’s was destroyed in a fire which guttered a storage facility at Brookvale in Sydney. In the fire were 10,000 paintings and drawings, 1,000 terracotta sculptures which he’d fired himself. He sculpted and cast the dioramas in the Canberra War Memorial out of lead and got lead poisoning and became reclusive and worked tirelessly devoted to his art for 60 years! He was lauded as Australia’s art treasure who never squandered his time and shunned the spotlight he so deserved. My mother, Edith Jean Walker wrote with her sister Betty Maloney several books on Designing Australian Bush Gardens which pioneered the Bush Garden movement in Australia and showed people that the Aust bush is beautiful. Edith also lost 9 original manuscripts, dozens of amazing ceramic pots and portrait heads, bush drawings for landscape garden design and other, and letters from wonderful people from all over the world. On yesterdays prices the combined collection was worth over 13 million. None of the work was insured adequately. Its value to Australian Art beyond measure….

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  1. Dear Ian, what a tragedy for your parents work. I remember how passionately you spoke of their tireless commitment to their artwork. I know words seem shallow at a time like this, however please know that I’m thinking of you and your loss. kindest regards, Yvonne Rose 0427878953

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    1. Hey Yvonne, just got this message, yes thanks for your thoughts, a terrible tragedy for all, uninsured, legal stuff now…been wondering about you guys and the fires, we missed out luckily but is dry around us, hope you are well, i have been fishing in the river, guess you’ve seen my website, not much …too much info, cheers Ian

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