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The Fierce Red Steer

THE FIERCE RED STEER

Accession ID:

2016.13

Name:

The Fierce Red Steer

Category:

Item

Type:

ArtWork

Maker:

Pro Hart

Date:

1985

Description

This is one of eleven oil on board paintings specially created by Pro Hart to illustrate Smoky Dawson's 1985 autobiography 'Smoky Dawson A Life'. They were displayed at Ray Walsh House in 2012 in an exhibition titled ‘Painting a Song’. The following note by Max Ellis explains how the painting relates to a particular incident in Smoky’s eventful life story. PICTURE 11: 'Bushfire at the ranch - The fierce red steer'. The famous entry gates to Smoky and Dot’s Ranch still stand on Mona Vale Road at Ingleside on edge of Kuringai Chase but today a school occupies the land. In the 60s and 70s it was well known to many youngsters who flocked to Smoky’s riding school there but the Australian Village on the Ranch was also recognised as a Television production centre and many TV series were filmed there including 'Luke’s Kingdom'. At Christmas, 1980, a disastrous bushfire swept in and destroyed the whole Ranch. Only the horses were saved. Smoky had already written his famous song about 'The Red Steer', warning of the dangers of bushfires and praising the Volunteer Bushfire Brigades, so it was ironic that the Dawsons themselves suffered from its devastating consequences.


History

Country Music Collection, Tamworth Regional Gallery.


Significance

Provenance: Donated through the Federal Government's Cultural Gifts Program. This painting is one of eleven that were specially created by Pro Hart to illustrate Smoky Dawson's 1985 autobiography 'Smoky Dawson A Life' and held in a private collection until being donated to Tamworth Regional Gallery in 2016.


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