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Westbury Depot

Westbus DepotThis warehouse was built in 1971 by the Thomas family for carpet warehouse and later sold to Frank Bardenhagen and used for a gemstone and mineral display.

Dallas Sutherland was commissioned by the property owner, Frank Bardenhagen, in 1987 to paint a series of murals for the Westbury Gemstone & Mineral Display Centre, depicting local historical buildings and Tasmanian Flora and Fauna. Murals eventually totaled around 100 over a 6 year period. In 1991-92 further exterior murals were added, Nicholas Watson from Adelaide assisted.

At some stage over the years the interior murals were removed from the walls. For several years following the large shed was leased for various uses until 2008.

In 2009 Grant and Jan Bingley restored and placed the beautiful paintings of local places of interest back onto the walls of the warehouse.

In November 2009 Mr Sutherland accepted Grant & Jan’s invitation to return to Tasmania and paint another mural, this time of the Westbus buses outside the Westbury Village Green.


The following murals are found within the Westbury Depot.

Mr Sutherland’s professional qualifications include :
1989-1991 - Studied Graphic Design at the Launceston TAFE School of Art.
2000 - Completed Bachelor of Arts (Art & Architecture/Literature) Deakin University
2003 – Completed Bachelor of Education In Adult Education & Training (University of New England)
Awards:
2001 – Recipient of Australian College of Educators “Inaugural Quality Teaching Award” (TAFE Sector) 2002 – Recipient of “Special Commendation Award Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize”, Woollahra Municipal Council, Double Bay NSW.

Mr Sutherland continues to paint murals for business and private homes and has a keen interest in Literature, having written the first book in a Fantasy trilogy for young teen readers.

For Dallas Sutherlands contact details click here...

Westbus Depot
The large 1100m2 buildling with significant murals and industrial kitchen and disabled toilets is available for function use.

 

 

 

Westbus has small and large buses available for hire for events, excursions and functions including;

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