David Walsh (art collector)

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David Dominic Walsh (born 1961[1]) is an Australian professional gambler who privately owns a substantial collection of art,[2] and a winery.

Walsh grew up Roman Catholic in the Glenorchy district of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, the youngest of three children. A high school graduate,[3] Walsh made his fortune by developing a gambling system used to bet on horse racing and other sports.

Walsh describes himself as a "rabid atheist".[4] He has been married once and has two children from different relationships.[3]

In 2001, he founded the Moorilla Museum of Antiquities on the Berriedale peninsula in Hobart., which closed in 2007 to undergo $75 Million renovations. It was re-opened in January 2011 as the Museum of Old and New Art[5] or MONA. MONA won the 2012 Australian Tourism Award for best new development and is a major Tasmanian tourist attraction.

In July 2012, Walsh was involved in a dispute with the Australian Tax Office, which demanded he pay $37 million from the profits of his gambling system. [6] The dispute was "entirely resolved" in October 2012.[7]


  1. ^ In The Age, 14 April 2007.
  2. ^ "Our mystery billionaire?". SmartCompany.com.au. 10 August 2009. Retrieved 2011-01-22. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b Denholm, Matthew (19 January 2011). "Temple of David". The Weekend Australian Magazine. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  4. ^ "The Collector", The Age, 14 April 2007.
  5. ^ "A revolt in art". Melbourne: The Age. 15 January 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  6. ^ Adrian Lowe and Andrew Darby (25 July 2012). "Support floods in for MONA founder in tax row". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Walsh settles tax debt", ABC News. Retrieved 4 December 2012.

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