Anne Von Bertouch

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Anne Von Bertouch O.A.M. (1915-2003) was an author and gallery director of the Von Bertouch Galleries in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia believed to be the first commercial gallery outside a capital city in Australia.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born Anne Catherine Whittle, she was educated at Sydney Girls High School and Armidale Teachers College, and married Roger Von Bertouch in 1939. They lived in Tasmania where they taught and she studied at Hobart Technical College before moving to Myall Lakes in 1951.[2]


The gallery showed work by nationally prominent artists as well as artists associated with the Hunter Region of New South Wales, including still-life painter Margaret Olley (1923-2011), landscape drawer Shay Docking (1928-1998), mid-century modernist painter and textile designer Mary Beeston (b. 1917), naïve artist Virginia Geyl (b. Holland 1917- d.1999) and the surrealist/religious painter Rona Scott, who created a mural for the film Tommy when it came to Australia.[2]


Anne Von Bertouch was awarded honorary master's degrees by the universities of Newcastle and New England and was awarded a medal in the Order of Australia in 1979. Newcastle University also awarded her an honorary doctorate of letters.[2]


Her novel February Dark (runner-up in The Sydney Morning Herald Literary Award) was based on her experience of life in Myall Lakes. Her other published works include The Ride Home and a text on sculptor Guy Boyd.[2]


Anne Von Bertouch died in 2003.[2]


  1. ^ "Famous Newcastle gallery sold for the fourth time". Australian Broadcasting Corporation 4 July 2015. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Arts supporter one of Newcastle's favourite daughters". Sydney Morning Herald. 2 May 2003. Retrieved 4 July 2015.