Port Lincoln museum receives historic painting

The Mill Cottage Museum received a painting on Friday which gives a look back at two historic cottages near Boston House.

The museum received the painting titled 'The Old Cottages near the Sea' which depicts two cottages standing on the grounds of Boston House in 1931.

Today the cottages stand as ruins and are visible from the Lincoln Highway.

F.G.W. Payze, who moved to Port Lincoln in 1930 and established Lincoln Springs Spa Waters Co. Ltd (Payze Soft Drinks) presented the painting on April 13, 1931 to Port Lincoln businesswoman Anna Roe, who was an owner of Boston House.

Mrs Roe's great granddaughter Rennison Taaffe (nee Robb) travelled from Queensland to present the painting for permanent display in Amy Bishop's studio in the museum as part of the Boston House exhibit.

A short presentation of the painting took place Friday afternoon which was followed by afternoon tea in the museum.

Mrs Taaffe said it was one of the wishes of her late mother, (Edna) Jean Robb for the painting to be displayed in Port Lincoln.

"My mum's wishes was for it to be on public display in the area where it has historical significance," she said.

Mrs Robb (nee Roe) was born in Cummins and grew up at her father John Roe's property 'Koltanna' at Yallunda Flat alongside her sisters Pauline (Swaine), Heather (Davis) and Professor Jillian Roe.

This donation comes after the museum obtained a painting of Boston House done by Amy Bishop in 1896, which was donated by Peter Wescombe whose grandmother Lucy Bartlett obtained the painting from her aunt Lucy Sison, widow of house owner Frederick Sison.

Mill Cottage Museum curator Jackie Johnston said the museum was delighted to have this latest addition which complimented the collection.

She said the cottages were most likely workers houses for those who worked on the property.

"I think this particular painting, because people are so familiar with the cottages in the state they're now in so to see how they were is very important and now that we know that they were on the grounds of the Boston estate it makes it much more likely they were workers' cottages," she said.

Port Lincoln City Council deputy mayor Faye Davis represented the council at the presentation and said thanks should go to Mrs Taaffe for this generous gift and for providing another story to share.