Boyd family

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The Boyd family is an Australian family whose members over several generations contributed to the arts in the fields of painting, sculpture, pottery, ceramics, literature, architecture, poetry and music. The Boyd family is considered an artistic dynasty.

Family tree[edit]

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:

  • The Hon. William Arthur Callendar à Beckett (1833–1901) married Emma Mills (1838–1906) in 1855, and together they had six children, including Emma Minnie à Beckett (1858–1936);[3] and Major Alexander Boyd's son Captain John Theodore Thomas Boyd (1825–1891) married Dr Robert Martin's daughter Lucy Charlotte Martin in 1857, and had 12 children, including Arthur Merric Boyd (1862–1940).[4]
    • Arthur Merric Boyd married Emma Minnie à Beckett (known as Minnie). Both were already individually established in society as painters. They had five children, four of whom became prominent in the Australian artistic world. When their children had matured, married or settled elsewhere, Arthur Merric and Emma Minnie Boyd set down a modest family estate within the outer Melbourne suburb of Murrumbeena where they lived for the rest of their lives.[4]
      • John Gilbert à Beckett Boyd (1886–1896) was killed in a riding accident.
      • William Merric Boyd (1888–1959), potter,[4][5] married Doris Gough (1889–1960), painter.[6] Doris and Merric Boyd, newly married, found their home there, at Murrumbeena, naming it "Open Country" and the artistic tradition continued.
        • Lucy Evelyn Gough Boyd (1916–2009), painter, ceramic decorator,[7] married Hatton Beck (1901–1994), ceramist, potter, sculptor.[8]
          • Laurence Hatton Beck (1940–), layman, wayfarer and journeyman.[9]
          • Robert Hatton Beck (1942–), potter/ceramist, married Margot Gardner (daughter of painter Freidl Gardner) and they had two children.
          • Paul Hatton Beck (1948–), musician
        • Arthur Merric Bloomfield Boyd (1920–1999), painter, married Yvonne Lennie, painter.
        • Guy Martin à Beckett Boyd (1923–1988),early poet, potter, sculptor, married Phyllis Emma Nairn.[12]
          • Lenore Boyd (1953–)
          • Sally Boyd
          • 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.
        • David Fielding Gough Boyd (1924–2011), potter, painter,[13] married Hermia Lloyd-Jones, ceramic artist.
          • Amanda, painter and costume designer
          • Lucinda, model and painter
          • Cassandra, painter and illustrator
        • Mary Elizabeth Boyd (1926–2016), early painter, married firstly, John Perceval, painter, potter, and sculptor, and had four children. Mary married secondly, in 1978, Sir Sidney Nolan, painter, becoming Lady Nolan.
          • Matthew, painter, married Jutta, three children.
          • Tessa, painter
          • Celia, painter
          • Alice, painter, had four children.
      • Theodore Penleigh Boyd (1890–1923), painter, married Edith Susan Gerard Anderson, painter.[4]
      • Martin à Beckett Boyd (1893–1972), writer.
      • Helen à Beckett Boyd (1903–1999), late painter, married Neven Read, naval officer.
        • Gayner Read (1936–1988), painter. Two sons.
        • Susan Read (1938–), children Pennie Easton, Ken Easton, Greame Easton.
        • Andrew Read (1942–), Arthur Read, Rossie Read.
        • Prudence Read (1947–)

It was in 1955 when David Boyd with his wife Hermia returned from a stay of several successful working years as potters in England and the south of France that the conception of this family line was popularised in a display of public relations in the press, magazines and the media (radio in 1955 but television was to arrive in 1956) that dismayed most family members. David was working full-scale promoting the circumstances of his life for the benefit of the pottery exhibitions of his and his wife's work, and magazine editors found the thick patina of past grandeur as presented to them by David irresistible and pages of glory adorned the 1955 magazines and newspaper articles. From here on, in the family's history no members could think of themselves again as quite so elite or removed although in the popular sense as an artistic family it was never greater. The generations that followed (including those born before 1955) grew up in this imposed social and cultural circumstance.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Coppel, E. G. (1969). "à Beckett, Sir William (1806–1869)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  2. ^ Malone, Betty (1969). "à Beckett, Thomas Turner (1808–1892)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  3. ^ Thomson, Kathleen (1969). "à Beckett, William Arthur (1833–1901)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d Tipping, Marjorie J. (1979). "Boyd, Arthur Merric (1862–1940)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  5. ^ Caine, Paul; Smith, Colin (2004). "The Life and Art of Merric Boyd". Colin Smith. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  6. ^ Caine, Paul; Smith, Colin (2003). "Doris Boyd - A Life in Family and Art". Colin Smith. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  7. ^ Caine, Paul; Smith, Colin (2001). "Lucy Boyd Beck ; a Life in Family and Art". Colin Smith. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  8. ^ Caine, Paul; Smith, Colin (2001). "Hatton Beck". Colin Smith. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ Galeria Aniela (14 August 2010). Meet artist Jamie Boyd in his Studio and hear music he loves. YouTube. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  11. ^ Galeria Aniela (15 August 2010). Meet artist Jamie Boyd in his Studio. YouTube. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  12. ^ Niall, Brenda (2007). "Boyd, Guy Martin à Beckett (1923–1988)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  13. ^ David Boyd dies aged 87. ABC News (Australia). YouTube. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2018.

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