Crate containing two plaster moulds of left hand side relief profiles of HV McKay by Wallace Anderson, made between 1926 and 1928. The crate appears to be a recycled travelling crate, originally used for machine parts. The exterior of the crate is stamped with 'Melbourne' and 'Option Sydney'. Two German train tickets were found in the crate amongst the packing material, 'from Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof to Hamburg'. The plaster moulds were protected by shredded pieces of coloured office paper.

Wallace Anderson worked as an artist for the Australian War Museum, located in an annexe of the Melbourne Exhibition Building from 1920-1930. In 1930 he worked independently as a sculptor, and between 1944-46 he moved to Canberra to work again for the Australian War Memorial. In 1947 he resumed private practice in Melbourne. Anderson's most famous work is 'Simpson and his Donkey' (1935), and a series of busts of nine former Australian prime ministers located in the Ballarat Botanic Gardens (1939-45).

This crate forms part of the H. V. McKay Collection, which includes an extensive collection of business records, photographs, film, trade publications and artefacts relating the H.V. McKay and his agricultural enterprise.

Physical Description

Wooden crate printed with black ink and with envelope nailed to front. A McKay Pty Ltd transit tag is tacked to the side panel with the hand written address.

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