Mildura Arts Centre (MAC) will hold a celebratory event this weekend marking three premiere exhibitions that bring together the lives and work of two like-minded friends from Red Cliffs’ soldier settlement period – Leslie Chandler and Eileen Ramsay.
Eileen lived in Red Cliffs after her family moved there following World War 1 and began collecting plants in the late 1940s, eventually assembling a collection of more than 1000, including adding 10 species to the list of plants formally recorded in Victoria.
Born in 1888, Leslie Chandler has strong connections to the Red Cliffs community as one of the town’s original soldier settlers, and the father of well-known Red Cliffs resident Mary Chandler, who was instrumental in bringing together the three exhibitions.
Mr Chandler enlisted in the Australian Imperial Forces on 8 July 1915 and following the end of the First World War immersed himself in his passion for nature and photography, including working at times with Eileen.
MAC is excited as these events also celebrate the reactivation following the impact of COVID-19, serving as the 2021 program launch. MAC is proud to feature these three exhibitions that celebrate their respective subjects’ lives, and their shared passion for nature, which will be showcased over two days on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 April through the following events:
6pm, Saturday 10 April