Kiama Historical Society & District | Guest Speaker

Kiama and District Historical Society reminder about Saturday 18 August at 2.30pm in Kiama Family History Centre to hear local artist and sculptor John Cornwell.

John is a fifth generation Australian brought up in Sydney and a long time resident of Kiama.

He is a modern traditional painter in oil of mostly rural subjects and a sculptor.

He was president of Kiama Distrat Historical Society for many years and is an engaging speaker and raconteur. John will recount some of the important contributions of Matthew Flinders to the discovery of Australia and Flinders’ close affinity with his beloved cat Trim on his voyages, including his circumnavigation of Australia in 1801-3.

John’s bronze sculpture of Trim on a windowsill of Sydney’s Mitchell Library, unveiled in 1997, is an iconic memorial to this delightful story. A number of other Cornwell Trim sculptures are located around Australia, including at the Australian Museum in Canberra, and Victor Harbour in South Australia.

The creation of the sculpture itself is an interesting and at times amusing tale and members will be fascinated as to how it all came about. John’s very own master creation of Trim will be in attendance at the meeting!

This is a free event with afternoon tea.

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