This display of timbers, insect nests, lichen, gum leaves and an oil painting on gum leaf by Annie Jessup was created by Sidney Eustace, eldest son of the self-taught Australian artist and taxidermist, A.W. Eustace, and brother of Annie Jessup.
Sidney was born in Ashbury County, Berkshire, England, on 18th June, 1848. His father was an assistant gamekeeper to the Earl of Craven at Ashdown Park. The family migrated to Australia in 1851 and Sidney's father was employed as a shepherd by Jason Withers on the Ullina and Eldorado Runs beside the Black Dog Creek at Chiltern, over 50,000 acres of grazing land. While tending his flocks in the solitude of the bush, Sidney's father turned his attention to painting and music to while away the long and weary hours. He used a variety of media including painting on board, canvas or tin plate, but as these materials were not always readily available he then started painting on large round eucalyptus leaves from the White and Red Box trees that grew around about him.
Known as the "Bush Artist" Sidney's father received orders for his landscapes from heads of states in Europe, and his works were acknowledged by Queen Victoria of England, Emperor Frederich of Germany, and the Czar of Russia, as well as the governors of New South Wales and Victoria.
Sidney married Elizabeth Sarah Garlick. He died at Warrigul in 1921 aged 73, and Elizabeth died in Drouin in 1934, aged 79.
Sidney's sister, Annie Jessup, was a painter like her father.
This collection by Sidney Eustace, son of A.W. Eustace, is representative of its time, late 19th century.
Framed collection of wood and natural materials by Sidney Eustace, with legend of local timbers, insect nests, lichen, gum leaves and an oil painting on gum leaf by Sidney's sister Mrs Annie Jessup.
Collection of natural material & works from Chiltern area
This display was created by Sidney Eustace, son of Alfred William Eustace, c. 1890.
Most of the timbers are from the Chiltern District:
1. Wild Cherry
2. Red Box
3. Grey Box
5. Red Stringybark
7. Grey Box
8. Mugga Ironbark
11. Red Gum
12. Bloodwood, Warburton
13. Apple Box
15. Mountain Ash Warburton
16. Huntsman Spider Egg Sac
17. Eucalyptus leaf. The surface has been eaten by the Leaf Skeletoniser, leaving just the veins
18. Scene painted on a eucalyptus leaf by Mrs. Annie Jessup
19. Mosses, Lichens and a Case Moth
20. Frame, split out of Red Box
Part of original Chiltern Athenaeum Collection
sidney eustace, annie jessup, native timbers, insect nests, lichen, gum leaves, oil painting on gum leaf