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Artwork - Creek and Old Watering Stage, on the Yarra, East Collingwood, 1854 / by GB Richardson

From the Collection of Kew Historical Society Inc 1 Civic Drive & 188 High Street Kew Victoria

The point of view selected by the artist for the watercolour is from the banks of Blind Creek in East Collingwood, looking across the Yarra to the Kew side of the river.
Object Registration
gb richardson, blind creek - abbotsford, yarra river - abbotsford (vic) - kew (vic), colonial artists, australian art - 19th century
Historical information
Blind Creek was located between the Abbotsford Convent and what is now the Collins Bridge in Studley Park. In an 1858 map of East Collingwood by Clement Hodgkinson, in the State Library of Victoria, one can see how the creek was originally a significant landmark in Collingwood; remaining vacant land until a barrel drain enclosed it. The area was later filled in, surveyed and developed. The position where Blind Creek entered the Yarra was in the immediate vicinity of Hodgson’s Punt, which had linked Kew to the other side of the Yarra from 1839. The Punt was purchased by the Colonial Government in 1852 and was in use until the opening of the Studley Park Road (Johnston Street) Bridge in 1858 made its continued use redundant
When Made
Made By
GB Richardson (Maker)
The watercolour is historically significant as perhaps the earliest artwork showing the Yarra River at Kew. It is aesthetically significant as the earliest known ‘Australian’ work by George Bouchier Richardson (1822-77). GB Richardson was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and migrated to Melbourne in 1854 on the 'Great Britain'. He disembarked at Port Melbourne on 19 August 1854. He was an engraver and lithographer, as were his father, Moses Aaron Richardson, his brother John Thomas Richardson, and his uncle Thomas Miles Richardson. He acted for some time as librarian of the Melbourne Mechanics' Institute, but eventually became a journalist and editor of the Wallaroo Times. From 1874 he taught drawing and watercolour painting at Adelaide, where he died on 28 Nov. 1877.
Inscriptions & Markings
Inscribed verso 'Creek and Old Watering stage, on the Yarra East Collingwood 1854 / Trees, stage, &c have long since disappeared / [Artist Signature] / FT 110 / Creek itself now being filled in 1903.
Last updated
21 Mar 2020 at 12:09PM