Opening Day of the Old Cheese Factory, Berwick

Jill Henderson
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Coloured lithograph by photogravure, framed, signed and numbered 67/350 depicting the Melbourne Hunt Club at the Old Cheese Factory, Berwick, 1985. The image shows a crowd gathered around the Old Cheese Factory building. In front of the building with their backs turned to us are three men in red coats and white britches riding horses through an old farm gate with a pack Foxhounds in tow.

An engraved plate sits beneath the print inscribed, "Opening Day of the Old Cheese Factory, Berwick, 1985 / Donated by Cr John and Bev Byron".

The print is signed by artist Jill Henderson, and her signature appears in the lithograph and additionally below. The framed print was also purchased from her own gallery and a card appears on the reverse for the Akoonah Park Gallery where she is listed as the Director. Jill Henderson is a highly regarded Australia artist, appearing in Max Germaine's Dictionary of Australian Women Artists in 1991.

The factory and homestead buildings date back to c1875 when the property was owned by Sir William John Turner Clark, and for a period were the centre of a prosperous farm and factory, employing up to 100 farm hands and with 200 milking cattle. The property was subdivided and sold in 1904. In 1925 the property including the buildings was purchased by the State Government and was subdivided into smaller allotments for the settlement of soldiers who fought in the First World War. Following its use for soldier settlement the property reverted to the State Government which reserved the land for public purposes and appointed the City of Casey as its manager. In 1985 the City of Casey officially opened the Old Cheese Factory to the public as an art and craft gallery and as a historic property. Today, the Old Cheese Factory continues to be an important meeting place for the community and host of community events, and also offers spaces for hire for private functions.
Artist/Maker and role
Jill Henderson: Artist
Media/Materials description
43.5 x 63.5 cm (sight), 77.0 x 93.5 x 3.0 cm (frame)
Signature & date
Signed in pencil below the image in the lower right corner "Jill Henderson".

Inscribed in pencil below the image in the lower left corner "67/350".
Photography credit (first image)
Photograph: Viki Petherbridge
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Part of 2 highlight sets