Melbourne's Art Deco Ladies

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If you love Art Deco, then you will love discovering the Ladies of the era, proudly displayed inside and outside some of Melbourne's oldest buildings.

Take for instance ...

On the walls of the Myer Mural Hall in Melbourne, Australia you will fine magnificent art deco paintings done by the Art Deco artist, Napier Waller (1893-1972).

These are the Mural Hall’s claim to fame.

The murals took a little over a year to complete and were painted at Napier Waller’s home, at Fairy Hills in Ivanhoe.

They were then transported to the department store where they now stand, gloriously and proudly displayed.

Completed in 1934, just after Sidney Myer’s death, eight of the murals are almost floor to ceiling.

The remaining two are located over the two side entrances to the Hall.

The murals honor the seasons and to women and their achievements through history in the areas of art, opera, literature, dance, sport and fashion.

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Where Can You Find Melbourne's Art Deco Ladies ?

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The Myer Murals Ladies

The full length murals that are featured on the west walls facing south to north are...

  • Spring – The Dance Through the Centuries
  • Summer – Sports Through the Centuries
  • Autumn – Women in Literature
  • the smaller mural Modes of Transport by Land above the door.

Art deco mural painted by Napier WallerOne of Napier Waller's Wall Murals in the Myer Mural Hall

The full length murals which are featured on the east walls facing north to south are...

  • Winter – Of Actresses and the Drama from Medieval Times to the Present
  • Pageant of Beautiful Women in History
  • Pageant of Women Famous in History
  • Revelation of Fashion
  • the smaller mural Modes of Transport by Sea above the door.


KPMG Banking Chamber Ladies

The ground floor Banking Chamber of the old T&G Building Collins Street compliments of www.flickr.com/photos/little_yiye/4862355835/Interior of The Old T&G Building

Interior of The Old T&G Building

The old T&G building now houses the KPMG Banking Chamber as well as some informal and formal waiting rooms, meeting rooms, small theater and some ground level retail.

Located oat the top of the Collins Street, this landmark was built by the Temperance and General Life Assurance Society.

Designed by A & K Henderson, it was built in stages (1929, 1938 and 1959) and developing into the largest and most distinguished office block in Melbourne

It was very popular with dentists, the T&G Building was fondly known as the Tooth & Gum building. The building was carefully renovated in 1990 by architects Metier3.

The Insurance Hall was demolished and then reconstructed, but the entry mural painted by the art deco artist, Napier Waller in 1928, was retained intact.

The new atrium is a remarkable space, incorporating sculptural blocks with images of Melbourne landmarks.

Napier Waller mural in the old T&G Building Melbourne AustraliaNapier Waller Mural of Art Deco ladies found in the Banking Chamber of KPMG Collins Street

The Fitzroy Garden Ladies

The Fitzroy Gardens located on the southeastern edge of the Melbourne Central Business District in East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia houses the incredibly beautiful Conservatory.

There is a massive statue of a draped at deco form sculptured in marble, outside the entrance to the Conservatory.

The statue was presented to the Melbourne City Council in 1933. The sculptor was Robert Delandre, a Frenchman.

The Statue of Meditation at the front of the Conservatory in the Fitzroy Gardens compliments of www.flickr.com/photos/1ncorrect/5053517633/Fitzroy Gardens Conservatory compliments of www.flickr.com/photos/1ncorrect/5053517633/

The marble staue is a beautiful example of one of Melbourne's Art Deco Ladies. It is named The Statue of Meditation

Statue of Meditation in the Fitzroy gardens Melbourne Australia compliments of www.flickr.com/photos/kayadams/4656588560/'Statue of Meditation' in the Fitzroy gardens Melbourne Australia compliments of www.flickr.com/photos/kayadams/4656588560/

The statue of Diana and the Hounds erected outside the Conservatory in the Fitzroy Gardens, is the work of W. Leslie-Bowles.

The mould was completed in 1939 however the actual placement was delayed because of the war. Finally Diana and her hounds found their place in the gardens in 1940.

The statue replaced the old crumbling concrete and plaster statues of copies of ancient Roman and Greek sculpture first placed there in the 1860's.

Diana and the Hounds in the Fitzroy gardens in Melbourne Australia compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/7520824@N08/4381569660/'Diana and the Hounds' in the Fitzroy Gardens in Melbourne Australia compliments of www.flickr.com/photos/7520824@N08/4381569660/

At the Hotham Street entrance to the Fitzroy Gardens you can find the statue of the Mermaid and the Fish. This is the work of William Leslie Bowles.

He won first prize with these pieces in the Fitzroy Gardens Sculpture Competition held in 1935.

This sculpture, together with the Boy and Pelican beside it, were constructed and sculpted in pyrmont stone.

Quarrying of Pyrmont's sandstone began in 1853 when Charles Saunders leased land on the north-west side of the peninsula in Sydney, NSW. This was to become some of Sydney's finest sandstone and medium used for many of Australia's sculptured art works.

The Mermaid and The Fish at the entrance to the Fitzroy Gardens compliments of www.flickr.com/photos/d-l-j-h/483917140/The 'Mermaid and The Fish' at the entrance to the Fitzroy Gardens compliments of www.flickr.com/photos/d-l-j-h/483917140/

The Victorian State Library Art Deco Lady

Outside the entrance to the State Library of Victoria you will find another fine example of an art deco lady in the bronze sculpture of Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc), a replica of the statue by French sculptor Emmanuel Frémiet,

This was installed in 1907.

Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc) State Library Of Victoria Melbourne Australia compliments of www.flickr.com/photos/patrob/2225837556/Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc) outside the State Library Of Victoria compliments of www.flickr.com/photos/patrob/2225837556/

Enjoy A Walk Through The Fitzroy Gardens


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