Boyd family

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The Boyd family is an Australian family whose members over several generations succeeded in distinguished effort in their contribution to the arts in the fields of painting, sculpture, pottery, ceramics, literature, architecture, poetry and music.

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The family is descended from four diverse immigrants to Victoria:

These four families were joined by marriages of their children in the young colony of Victoria in the 1850s:

As may be seen from here-forward, the Boyd family as its members would be committed to art – and which commitment and exposition of its talents with each subsequent generation would reach a popular conception by the advent of the twenty-first century of an artistic dynasty – may be said to find its nascence in the 14 January 1886 marriage of Emma Minnie à Beckett (known as Minnie) and Arthur Merric Boyd. Both were already established painters at the time of their marriage.

They had five children, four of whom became prominent in the Australian artistic world:

With Arthur Merric and Emma Minnie Boyd settled at "Open Country", the family estate within the outer Melbourne suburb of Murrumbeena, and with Doris and Merric Boyd finding their home there, the artistic tradition continued into the next generations:

The children of (William) Merric Boyd and Doris (nee Gough) Boyd were:
Their children are:
  • Laurence Hatton Beck (1940–)[5], layman, wayfarer and journeyman.
  • Robert Hatton Beck (1942–), potter/ceramist, married Margot Gardner (daughter of painter Freidl Gardner) and they had two children.
  • Paul Hatton Beck (1948–), musician
Their children are:
Their children are:
  • Lenore Boyd (1953–)
  • Sally Boyd (1956–)
  • Derry Catherine (1957–), owner-operator of a graphic, web, and multimedia business, married (1)Vuthichai Satianyot (also known as Yap Guan Soon), and (2) Michael Evans. Derry and Michael had three children.
  • Kirstin Doris (1960–), writer of children's literature, married (1) John Murray, graphic designer, and had three children. Kirstin married (2) Ken Harper, drama teacher, playwright, gymnast, and circus trainer.
  • Ben
  • Charlotte Beatrice Magdalen (1968–), potter and ceramist, married John O'Donohue, digital technician. They had two children.
  • Martin Duncan Gough (1970–), writer and Spanish translator, married Paulina Derbez, violinist, and had one child.
Their daughters are:
  • Amanda, painter and costume designer
  • Lucinda, model and painter
  • Cassandra, painter and illustrator
Mary and John's children are:
  • Matthew, painter, married Jutta, and had three children.
  • Tessa, painter
  • Celia, painter
  • Alice, painter, had four children.
The children of Penleigh and Edith Boyd were:
The children of Helen and Neven Read are:
  • Gayner Read (1936–1988), painter. Gayner provided her parents with two lovely grandsons.
  • Susan Read (1938–), children pennie beatson,ken easton,greame easton
  • Andrew Read (1942–),athur read , rossie read
  • Prudence Read (1947–)

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