Bill Boustead

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William "Bill" Morris Boustead
Born 3 January 1912
Gloucester, NSW, Australia
Died 15 October 1999(1999-10-15) (aged 87)
Sydney, NSW, Australia

William (Bill) Morris Boustead (3 January 1912 – 15 October 1999) was an Australian Art Conservator.
He was Conservator at the Art Gallery of New South Wales from 1954 until 1977.[1]


Boustead was born in Gloucester, New South Wales and educated at Fort Street High School.[2]
His first job after leaving school was working in a metallurgical and chemical laboratory while studying at technical college.[1]
After spending most of the 1930s in the Pacific he served with the Royal Australian Engineers during World War II.[1]
Following his discharge in 1945 Boustead began studying at the National Art School in Sydney.[1]
In 1946 he was appointed to the conservation workshop of the Art Gallery of New South Wales then appointed as gallery Conservator in 1954.[1]

Boustead's achievements during his time as Conservator at the AGNSW included:

  • Building the first vacuum hot table in Australia[1]
  • Setting up the first program in Australia to train conservators[3][4]
  • Leading the Australian team as part of the International response to the flooding of Florence in 1966[1][5]
  • Pioneering processes to conserve art works from tropical regions especially Bark Paintings[5][6]