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Senator the Hon Richard Alston

Minister for Communications,

Information Technology and the Arts

The Hon Peter McGauran MP

Minister for the Arts and the Centenary of Federation




The Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Richard Alston, and the Minister for the Arts and the Centenary of Federation, Mr Peter McGauran, today paid tribute to the celebrated Australian artist, Arthur Boyd AC OBE, who died in Melbourne on Saturday.


He was one of Australia’s most talented artists and will be greatly missed by the arts community, both for the art he produced and for the kind and generous person he was.


Arthur Boyd was one of Australia’s leading philanthropists. In addition to his many gifts of works of art to Australian galleries, his gift to the nation in 1993 — two properties, Bundanon and Riversdale, now known as the Bundanon Trust — is one of the greatest examples of cultural donation in Australia and reflects his spirit of generosity.


His contribution to Australian art and to the community was recognised in 1995 when he was named Australian of the Year.


Arthur Boyd’s legend will live on at Bundanon, near Nowra, where he was inspired by the surrounding Shoalhaven River. His dedication to art and to Australia will continue through the Trust’s Artist-in-Residence program and the recently opened Education Centre at Riversdale.


Boyd is survived by his wife, Yvonne, three children and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.


Media contact:

Terry O’Connor, Senator Alston’s office 0419 636 879

Jane Henschke, Mr McGauran’s office 0417 421 599



26 April 1999