Dr Will adds to Victoria’s historical legacy

TASK COMPLETED: At the launch of “Visions of Colonial Grandeur”, Dr Will Twycross (centre) with (from left) Dr Ben Thomas and Dr Charlotte Smith (the book’s authors), Christine Twycross (Will’s sister from New York) and Elizabeth Fletcher (Will’s cousin). PHOTOS: courtesy Dr Will Twycross.

LOCAL doctor and all round “identity” Will Twycross and his family have made a considerable contribution to Victoria’s historical register.

Not only have the family donated a priceless collection of art objects to Museum Victoria, but they have also collaborated in the writing of a book on the collection.

Earlier this month, Dr Twycross launched the book, “Visions of Colonial Grandeur”, by Charlotte Smith and Benjamin Thomas, at a function at Museum Victoria.

In 2004, Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building was the first Australian building to be World Heritage listed by UNESCO.

When the building came under the management of Museum Victoria, the family decided to return around 200 artworks for display.

“We decided to return the large collection of fine art which had been purchased at the Melbourne International Exhibition by our great grandfather to the place it had come from,” Dr Twycross explained.

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