LITERARY great Miles Franklin is one of 20 prominent authors, artists, entertainers, musicians and poets from the Queanbeyan region to be honoured in a cultural honours gallery.The gallery, which will be a permanent display in the foyer of The Q, will be launched this month by Queanbeyan City Council Mayor Tim Overall.
Cr Overall said Stella Miles Franklin had been an obvious selection by the Queanbeyan City Council Cultural Development Council and Public Art Panel committees.
“Miles Franklin grew up at Brindabella Station, in the Queanbeyan jurisdiction at the time, and in 1901 her book My Brilliant Career was published. It the story of a young independent woman whose very nature disallowed her to be dictated to by the conventions of the time,” said Cr Overall.
“Written when she was very young, Miles Franklin went on to have a life that was very much like the main character in her story – a fearless life that challenged the conventions of the time. Ms Franklin worked for the international women’s labour movement in Chicago and nursed allied soldiers in the Balkans in WWI and then lived much of her life in London before returning to Sydney in her later years.”
The cultural honours listed many other “brilliant careers” including highly-regarded ceramic artist Hiroe Swen; film animator and four-time Oscar nominee Ben Snow; opera singer Michael Martin; artist and sculpture Neil Roberts; rap poet Omar Musa; Queanbeyan’s 007 George Lazenby and Dimity Azoury, of the Australian Ballet.
The Queanbeyan Cultural Honours Gallery will be launched in the The Q foyer by Queanbeyan City Council Mayor Tim Overall at 6pm on Tuesday September 24.
1. Dimity Azoury, ballet dancer
2. Alex Asch, artist and sculptor
3. Annette Blair, glass artist
4. Miles Franklin, author
5. Margaret Hadfield, painter
6. Johannes Kuhnen, gold and silversmith
7. Matthew Curtis, glass artist
8. George Lazemby, actor
9. Hau Latukefu, rap artist/singer
10. Michael Martin, tenor and opera singer
11. Omar Musa, poet, rapper, songwriter, author
12. Tommy Murphy, playwright
13. Harriet Schwarzrock, glass artist
14. Norma and Trevor Roach, Queanbeyan Players
15. Kirstie Rea, glass artist
16. Neil Roberts, artist and sculptor
17. Michael Smith, actor
18. Ben Snow, animation
19. Bill, Pat and Tim Stephens, cabaret
20. Hiroe Swen, ceramic artist