Australia’s greatest sculptor

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You’ll see Australia’s greatest sculptor represented in every major city in the country, in public collections, museums, libraries, and city squares. But in only one of those works is the piece of her heart that prevented her from being stolen by the world. Daphne Mayo was an artist and also one of the nation’s utmost art advocates. She died in 1982 aged 86.

You’ve seen her work at the State Library of New South Wales in Sydney , it’s those the magnificent sculptured doors befitting the world’s most significant collection of Australian and Pacific indigenous culture. There’s the war memorial at The King’s School in Parramatta, and a bust of Field Marshal Sir Thomas Blamey at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. The National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne displays her outstanding torso of an Olympic athlete.

In her home state of Queensland, Brisbane’s City Hall boasts a clock tower modelled on St Mark’s…

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